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Free oral cancer screening in Cape Girardeau

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In honor of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, Ruopp & Ruopp DDS PC will offer free oral cancer screenings on May 16, 2013.

About 42,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer every year in the US. It kills one person every hour of every day, and more than 100 new individuals will be diagnosed with it each day.

It can often be found early in its development, through a simple, painless, and quick screening.

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation:

Who should get screened?

Every adult. Oral cancer can often be caught early—even in its precancerous stage. With early detection, survival rates are high and the side effects from treatment are at their lowest. Like other screenings (cervical, skin, prostate, colon and breast examinations), oral cancer screenings are an effective means of finding cancer at its early, highly curable stages. Make them part of your annual health check-ups!

What are the risk factors?

There are two distinct pathways by which most people come to oral cancer. One is through the use of tobacco and alcohol, a long term historic problem and cause, and the other is through exposure to the HPV16 virus (human papilloma virus version 16). HPV16 (responsible for the majority of cervical cancer in women) is now the leading cause of oral cancers in the US. The quickest growing section the oral cancer population is actually young, healthy, non-smokers due to the connection to this virus.

Early Indicators:

  • Red and/or white discolorations of the soft tissues of the mouth.
  • Any sore which does not heal within 14 days.
  • Hoarseness which lasts for a prolonged period of time.
  • Advanced Indicators:
  • A sensation that something is stuck in you throat.
  • Numbness in the oral region.
  • Difficulty in moving the jaw or tongue.
  • Difficulty in swallowing.
  • Ear pain which occurs on one side only.
  • A sore under a denture which, even after adjustment of the denture, still does not heal.
  • A lump or thickening which develops in the mouth or on the neck.

Call Ruopp & Ruopp DDS at 573.334.8884 to make an appointment for your complimentary screening.

For more information about oral cancer, log onto The Oral Cancer Foundation's official website at

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