Did you know that approximately 40,000 Americans were diagnosed with cancers of the neck and head last year? Unfortunately, ma
ny people do not recognize the symptoms of these life-threatening diseases until it is too late. Of theses 40,000 cases only slightly more than half will be alive in 5years (Approximately 57%)
Dr. Erik Mendelsohn and his team at Serenity Smile Designs may help detect this often fatal illness while it is still treatable. When Dr. Mendelsohn and the hygienist perform routine checkups, among the things they’re looking for are possible signs of oral cancer.
Adults and tobacco/alcohol users are traditionally considered at greater risk for these types of cancers. However, oral cancer cases are also on the rise in young adults. Recent research indicates that this is partly due to increases in the Human Papillomavirus Virus. HPV-related cancers are particularly harder to detect because these cancers usually occur on the back of the tongue or on the tonsils—all the more reason to get screened regularly.
April is considered “Oral Cancer Awareness Month,” and most dentists throughout South Jersey, including Dr. Mendelsohn, will be offering FREE oral cancer screenings. Everyone in the community is invited!
Serenity Smile Designs’ FREE oral cancer screening event is set to be held on April 26th, 2012 from 10:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M. The screening is painless and only takes about ten minutes. No appointment is necessary; patients will be seen on a walk-in basis.
If the above statistics weren’t enough reason, know that the screening is quick, painless and free. And, it’s right around the corner! Given the current state of the economy and rising health care costs, take advantage of the opportunity to benefit from this preventive health measure at no charge by taking ten minutes to do something that could save your life. Early diagnosis and treatment improves outcomes and chances of survival.
Diagnosis is the key to catching oral cancer early. It is possible for you to notice changes in your mouth that might prompt you to see your dentist/doctor in between your six month visits to be evaluated. You should schedule an appointment if you start to notice the following symptoms:
To learn more about Oral Cancer please visit the Oral Cancer Foundation at: www.oralcancerfoundation.org
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