|Artist: Mathieu Lacac
Family Health Care (FHC) is committed to prevention of oral cancer
(through HPV vaccinations and tobacco abuse cessation support). We are also committed to early diagnosis which helps more
people survive cancer of the mouth and throat. Please consider having an oral screening. During the month of March FHC will
provide free oral screenings. Ask about the screen during check-in.
Perform a six-step
oral cancer self-exam each month.
Using a bright light and a mirror:
2 Look and feel inside the lips and the front of gums
3 Tilt head
back to inspect and feel the roof of your mouth
4 Pull the cheek out to see its inside
surface as well as the
back of the gums
5 Pull out
your tongue and look at all of its surfaces
6 Feel for lumps or enlarged lymph nodes (glands)
in both sides
of the neck including under the lower jaw
Oral Cancer was most often associated with tobacco use, but
studies now show that Human Papilloma Virus 16 (HPV), a sexually transmitted virus, is the fastest growing cause of oral
cancer in the U.S.
Today oral cancer is
found in increasingly young, healthy and nonsmoking individuals. Adults over 55 are especially at risk, but oral cancer and
pre-cancerous lesions are found in people as young as 18.
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