THIS YEAR ALONE, 37,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with oral cancer. 40% of those diagnosed won’t live another five years. In fact oral cancer kills as many people as melanoma and is more common than leukemia. Oral cancer has such a dismal survival rate because it’s usually not detected until very late in its progression. April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and we’re encouraging everyone to get screened this year during their regularly scheduled checkups.