• April is Oral Cancer Month

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Artist: Mathieu Lacac

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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.

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Perform a six-step oral cancer self-exam each month.

Using a bright light and a mirror:

1 Remove any dentures

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

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 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.
 
Check! 
 

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