As Oral Cancer Awareness month, April is an ideal time to schedule a screening with Dr. Harold A. Pollack, our skilled dentist, and our experienced dental team. Oral cancer can be a very dangerous condition. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, approximately 48,250 Americans will be diagnosed with the disease this year. Certain risk factors, such as smoking or chewing tobacco, drinking alcohol, and HPV (human papillomavirus), increase the likelihood for developing the condition. HPV is also known for its role in cervical cancer, and this condition has been showing up in an increasing number of oral cancer cases. However, speedy diagnosis and treatment can make a substantial difference in the long-term survival rate. Oral cancer identified in its earliest stages is the key to survival! Regular evaluations can prove to be life-saving.
Fortunately, monitoring your health is easier than ever. At Beautiful Smiles, we include basic oral cancer screenings with every regular checkup. For those interested in a more in-depth examination, we also offer state-of-the-art advanced screenings using our VELscope® System. This technology can detect oral cancer in its earliest stages, when it’s still invisible to the naked eye. Furthermore, the procedure is quick and painless.
Dr. Pollack advises patients to undergo an advanced oral cancer screening once every 18 months. Let’s celebrate spring with healthy smiles; give us a call today to learn more.