#Oregon: Oral Health Fair raises oral cancer awareness (via @KPICNews1)

28 Apr

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ROSEBURG, Ore. — Residents had an opportunity to access free oral cancer screenings at the Community Cancer Center in Roseburg.

It was the very first Oral Health Fair, an event hosted by the Douglas County Oral Health Action Group.

The event caters to both children and adults.

Studies show a strong link between the health of your mouth and the rest of your organs, and dentists say there’s also a high rate of tobacco use in Douglas County — a primary risk factor for oral cancer.

That’s why this fair is raising awareness.

“Oral cancer is often not a cancer that is spoken of,” said organizer Alexis Atchison, D.D.S. “It’s a very debilitating cancer; it’s a very disfiguring treatment. People don’t want to talk about it – they’re very quiet about it and we want to bring it to people’s attention.”

Many symptoms of oral cancer are painless and go unchecked, which is why experts say routine oral screenings and patient education are vital to better health.

Source: http://www.kpic.com/news/local/Oral-Health-Fair-raises-oral-cancer-awareness-301611461.html

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