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Do You Need an Oral Cancer Screening?

Posted on September 14, 2010 | in Dental Care | by

In short – yes! Usually oral cancer 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 oral cancer prevention 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 oral cancer information 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.

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

Our network of dentists are at your beckon call…


[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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+Chris Barnard is Managing Editor of DentalPatientNews.com, a patient-centric Social Dental Network blog dedicated to enabling the digital dental health conversation - and the eradication of the cavity creeps.
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