Just Say Ahhh… Dr. Norcross Discusses Oral, Head and Neck Cancer

Dr. Norcross appeared Monday, April 11, 2016, on Good Morning Wyoming—K2TV to discuss Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week® with Brittany Moore.

Wyomingites are encouraged to get a quick, easy, painless cancer screening at the dentist or doctor office April 10-16, 2016, during Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week®.

“Early detection saves lives,” said Dr. Cope Norcross, otolaryngologist at Wyoming Otolaryngology. “If oral, head and neck cancer is found early, it is often curable. Early detection also allows small tumors to be treated with a choice of treatment options, while the delayed diagnosis of a cancer usually means only the most aggressive treatments are possible.”

• A Harris Interactive survey revealed 71 percent of Americans have not been checked for oral, head and neck cancer by a medical professional. (From The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery)

• 85% of oral, head & neck cancers are linked to tobacco use. Using both tobacco & alcohol increases an individual’s risk even more. (American Society of Clinical Oncologists)

• 9,000 people in the U.S. each year are diagnosed with throat cancers, which may be brought about by HPV. (CDC) The risk from HPV is usually in non-smokers.