Oral cancer affects nearly 42,000 Americans every year, per the American Dental Association. The keys to surviving oral cancer are early detection and early treatment starting with regular oral cancer screening every six months. An oral cancer screening takes just minutes, is pain-free and we perform it routinely during regular dental exams. If you are male, a regular oral cancer screening is especially critical: Oral cancer is more than twice as common in men as it is in women. Other people at high risk of oral cancer include people over theage of 60, tobacco smokers and heavy drinkers.