Early Detection is Key: Free Velscope Oral Cancer Screenings during the month of April

Howard Family Dental recognizes April as Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Month.

Oral cancer is most typically thought to be caused by smoking and tobacco use, but there are many other causes that are often ignored. There is a growing number of young adults that have been diagnosed with oral cancer, due to HPV. According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, more than 43,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year.

Howard Family Dental is offering FREE oral cancer screenings during the month of April to promote not only awareness and education, but to also help with early detection.

“Most people think of oral cancer as a disease people get later in life after many years of using tobacco products. That is not the case anymore. Typically, your General Practitioner does not check for signs of oral cancer, unless you ask him/her to. As dentists, we are trained to look for the signs of oral cancer and to use early detection tactics. We are seeing a trend of young people being diagnosed with this terrible disease. Early detection is key,” says Dr. John Howard.

To learn more about oral cancer or to schedule an appointment for a screening with your Howard Family Dental office, call (912)629-9000 or use our online appointment request.

Oral Cancer screening
Dr. Christy Cole Harpring of the Wilmington Island office speaking with a patient about the Velscope oral cancer screening.


Posted in: Dentistry, General Oral Health

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