I am coming to realize that there is pretty much zero, nada, null, NO awareness out there for Oral Cancer! Anytime anyone asks about my cancer journey they look at me like I made up Oral Cancer. They are so curious about it and then I go into my speel about how it is on the rise in younger people. Everyone always has so many questions. I get so upset when all the awareness is about cervical and breast cancer. Everytime I go in search of buying a product there is a billion and 1 things for breast cancer and not a 1 for Oral. I can only pray to God that the word will get out.
Ok let's recap why we need to get the word out there: While some think this is a rare cancer, mouth cancer will be newly diagnosed in about 100 new individuals each day in the US alone, and a person dies from oral cancer every hour of every dayMore than 34,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. It will cause over 8,000 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day. Of those 34,000 newly diagnosed individuals, only half will be alive in 5 years. This is a number which has not significantly improved in decades. The death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of cancers which we hear about routinely such as cervical cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma, laryngeal cancer, cancer of the testes, endocrine system cancers such as thyroid, or skin cancer (malignant melanoma). If you expand the definition of oral cancers to include cancer of the larynx, for which the risk factors are the same, the numbers of diagnosed cases grow to 41,000 individuals, and 12,500 deaths per year in the US alone. Worldwide the problem is much greater, with over 400,000 new cases being found each year.