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Posted on June 4, 2012 | in Dental Care, Dental Celebrities, Oral Cancer | by

Michael Douglas at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in 2011. The U.S. actor was diagnosed with oral cancer at 66. (DTI/Photo courtesy of Helga Esteb/Shutterstock)

LOS ANGELES, Calif., USA: Michael Douglas has joined the Oral Cancer Foundation’s campaign against the deadly disease.
The actor, who is a survivor of the cancer, has recently helped produce a public awareness announcement to educate people about the need for annual screenings to detect oral cancer as early as possible.
The announcement will be broadcast nationwide throughout the summer, commencing in June.

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, every four hours a person dies from oral cancer in the U.S. owing to late detection in two-thirds of all cases. It recently stated that the prevalence of oral cancer has increased in the past six years compared with other types of cancer. About 40,000 of people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with oral cancer in 2012, it estimates.

As if we need any more reasons other than cost, comfort, and convenience, to keep those dental appointments…

According to this dental health & overall health video courtesy of Henry Schein, only half the people diagnosed with oral cancer are alive in 5 years.

Care to share any more reasons why our oral health directly affects our overall health, or how we could all save some money by keeping dental appointments??

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+Chris Barnard is Managing Editor of, a patient-centric Social Dental Network blog dedicated to enabling the digital dental health conversation - and the eradication of the cavity creeps.
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