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Quality Dental Plan and the Oral Cancer Foundation join forces

Quality Dental Plan is happy to announce we have joined forces with The Oral Cancer Foundation for Oral Cancer Awareness month this April to help promote screenings and awareness of oral cancer.

Did you know that the fastest growing segment of the oral cancer community is young, healthy non-smokers? It’s shocking but true. Exposure to the HPV-16 virus, the most commonly sexually transmitted virus, is now the leading cause of oral cancers in the US. There is nothing we can do to stop this virus from spreading; our only hope to save lives is with professional involvement and public awareness.

Approximately 37,000 Americans will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer in 2012. When found early, oral cancers have an 80% survival rate. Unfortunately, the majority are found as late stage cancers, and this accounts for the very high death rate of about 45% at five years from diagnosis. It doesn’t have to be this way and it starts with YOU, the dental community, as the first line of defense through the process of early discovery. This is a great opportunity for your office to not only get involved with your community by doing a great service, but potentially to build your practice while positioning your office as one that is involved in saving lives.