Dental Associates' strong showing at oral cancer 5k

​Dental Associates’ Strong Showing at the Oral Cancer Foundation 5K

Dr. Donald Gundlach performs an oral cancer screening at the Oral Cancer Foundation 5K

On Saturday, October 8, Dental Associates team members displayed their devotion to their community and its oral health by showing up in force at a local fun run. In all, 64 Dental Associates team members from eight of our 14 dental clinics walked or ran in the 5K to support the Oral Cancer Foundation’s event at Waukesha County Technical College in Pewaukee, WI! We had a great time helping raise money and awareness for the effects of oral cancer and the importance of actively monitoring for the disease.

Oral Cancer Screenings Can Save Lives!

Four of our dentists provided free oral cancer screenings for attendees at the event. One of those doctors, Dr. Donald Gundlach, feels strongly about the importance of these screenings

“It’s really important that people of all ages get screened for oral cancer regularly. Oftentimes, people are seeing their dentist more than their physician, so the screenings are a valuable part of making people aware that while this disease can be life-changing, it is also treatable if caught in the early stages. Oral cancer can appear in hidden may not be able to recognize it on your own, so that’s why the screenings are so important; early detection saves lives!”

Early Detection Increases the Survival Rate of Oral Cancer

In the U.S. alone, oral cancer takes one life every hour. However, when detected early, oral cancer is one of the most survivable cancers with an 80 to 90% survival rate! Regular oral cancer screenings are a simple yet effective way to detect oral cancer in its early stages and can save the lives of thousands every year. For this reason, Dental Associates dentists check their patients for signs of oral cancer at every dental exam.

The Oral Cancer Foundation

The Oral Cancer Foundation is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to raising awareness for oral cancer and promoting change. They organize events like this 5K throughout the year to raise money and educate the public about oral cancer prevention and early detection tactics.

Learn more about the Oral Cancer Foundation.

Many thanks to our team members who devoted their Saturday morning – many driving over an hour to reach the event – to raise awareness and resources for the Oral Cancer Foundation.


At each exam, your Dental Associates dentist will check for signs of oral cancer.
If it’s been a while since you’ve seen a dentist, please request an appointment here.

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