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Do You Need an Oral Cancer Screening?

In Dental Care on September 14, 2010 at 3:00 AM

In short – yes! Usually screenings are a simple, but important part of your regular six month office visits.

Actor Michael Douglas recently publicly acknowledged his plight with stage IV oropharyngeal cancer. This public attention has gone on to highlight some recent information suggesting an increase in oral cancer occurrences[1].  And while tobacco use has historically been linked to oral cancer as the primary cause, new information suggests HPV could also be responsible for the increase in oral cancer reporting[2].

If you have kids, or plan on having kids, this is important information to you.

If you don’t have kids and never plan to, this is still important information to you.

If you don’t know anybody that smokes or uses chewing tobacco, and doesn’t even want to think about having kids – share the info anyway, it’s important to you and everyone you know. It’s important to all of us.

Pay attention to your body, treat yourself right – and communicate with your family physicians, dentists, internists, podiatrists, soothsayers…whatever. Educate yourself, and speak up if you have any questions.

Sermon over.

If you have any questions about an oral cancer screening, please open up and say ahhhh!!!


[1] http://www.oralcancerfoundation.org/facts/index.htm

[2] For more scientific info and Oral Cancer Screening Tips, click here: http://www.drbicuspid.com/index.aspx?sec=nws&sub=rad&pag=dis&ItemId=305595&wf=34

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