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During Cancer Awareness Month, think about getting an oral cancer screening

If you’ve been looking for your dental plan ID card, we have good news for you: You don’t need one! Just tell your dental office that you have coverage through Delta Dental’s Federal Employees Dental Program and provide your name, date of birth, and the federal employee’s social security number (or alternate ID number).

If you want an ID card anyway, you can print one from your computer

With a five-year survival rate as low as 60%, oral cancer is scary. Protect yourself by getting checked for the disease today. Here are the top four reasons you should add “oral cancer screening” to your wellness to-do list even if you wear dentures.

  1. It’s easy.
    Just ask your dentist to check for signs of oral cancer during your regular dental exam.
  2. It can save your life.
    Oral cancer is a devastating disease — but you can boost your chances of survival by at least 20 percentage points when the disease is caught early.
  3. It’s inexpensive.
    When an oral cancer exam is incorporated into your regular exam, there’s no extra expense unless follow-up procedures are needed.
  4. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
    Even if you don’t have oral cancer, isn’t it better to be sure?

Check out our SmileWay Wellness Site for more articles on oral cancer.