Oral cancer strikes an estimated 34,360 Americans each year
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that as a part of the Nassau County Dental Society’s public outreach and access to care program, the County has once again partnered with the Nassau County Dental Society (NCDS), to offer free oral health screenings to all Nassau County residents and veterans before the 25th Annual Salute to the Veterans Concert at Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre at Eisenhower Park. The free public Oral Health screenings begin at 5:30 pm, and the first 200 people receive a free dental health kit, courtesy of Henry Schein Cares.
“Oral cancer is a serious disease with a small survival rate if not discovered and treated early,” said County Executive Mangano. “Since some 85 percent of the public are not aware that they had an oral exam or not, I am pleased that Nassau County Dental Society will once again be offering free screening to all Nassau County residents.”
Oral cancer strikes an estimated 34,360 Americans each year. An estimated 7,550 people (5,180 men and 2,370 women) will die of these cancers this year. More than 25% of the 30,000 Americans who get oral cancer will die of the disease. On average, only half of those diagnosed with the disease will survive more than five years.
Regular dental check-ups, including an examination of the entire mouth, are essential in the early detection of cancerous and pre-cancerous conditions. Knowing the risk factors and seeing your dentist for oral cancer screenings can help prevent this deadly disease.