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South Georgians encouraged to get screened for oral cancer

William Broadfoot William Broadfoot
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Valdosta dentists are encouraging people to get regularly checked for oral cancers
 
That's part of the reason South Georgia Medical Center is holding a free oral cancer screening event Thursday night at the Pearlman Cancer Center at SGMC.

One Valdosta dentist, Dr. William Broadfoot, said events like these are important because tobacco use continues to be high, especially in the South.
 
"Even though the Surgeon General has been warning for years, people keep on doin' it," Broadfoot stated. "And, here in the South, you see a lot of young men with smokeless tobacco, dippin' or chewin' and leavin it in one place for a long period of time, and it can cause problems in your mouth."
 
The American Cancer Society estimates 7,000 people die from oral cancer each year.

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