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Benefits news-What you need to know about oral and ocular cancer

May 6, 2014

Oral cancer, the sixth most common cancer, accounts for almost 4% of call cancers diagnosed, with more than 30,000 new cases of oral cancer reported annually in the United States. 

The vast majority of oral cancers occur in people older than 45 years of age, with men being twice as likely as women to develop the disease. 

Because oral cancer is usually not diagnosed in its early stages, less than half of all oral cancer patients are cured. Of all major cancers, oral cancer has the worst five-year survival rate at about 57%. 

For more information on what causes oral cancer, warning signs and preventative measures, Read more about warning signs and prevention in this helpful article from Delta Dental>>.

Also, visit Delta Dental and check out their wellness website called SmileWay. You can even subscribe to Delta Dental's wellness newsletter.

Imagine walking into your eye doctor's office for a routine exam and walking out with a diagnosis of cancer. Fortunately this scenario isn't very common, but it does happen, and an increasing number of eye doctors are using your annual visit to check on more than just your vision.  

Read more about cancers of the eye, including symptoms and prevention, in this helpful article from VSP>> 

As a reminder, Pacific offers a very rich vision plan including a completely free eye exam every 12 months.  Vision Service Plan (VSP) has an amazing website for members that focuses on benefits, eye care information, finding a doctor, products and special offers.  Visit VSP for more information.