Be aware of any bumps, discoloration of tissue (such as white or red areas) or changes to the mouth, throat, tongue and lips
Plano, TX (PRWEB) April 15, 2012
You may have heard in the news of Michael Douglas’s battle with throat cancer, but he is not alone in this fight: every hour 3 more people are diagnosed with oral cancer. What may be even more alarming is that today more than 16 people will die from some form of this disease, a trend which has been consistent for 40 years.
April is National Cancer Control Month, a time dedicated to creating awareness in the hopes of preventing the disease. For Plano dentists, Dr. Brad Williams and Dr. Nicole Sivie, it is a chance to educate people on risk factors such as tobacco and alcohol use and human papillomavirus (HPV).
Dr. Williams states that "This frightening connection to HPV is rarely acknowledged, but doctors now know that it can lead to oral cancer, bringing the disease to a younger population than ever before. Even worse, standard sexually transmitted infection (STI) tests do not screen for HPV, and people often don’t even know they have it until something worse develops. Your dentist may be the only one who can help you with early detection of oral cancer."
Modern technologies have made great advancements in the discovery and treatment of serious diseases with tools like the VELscope and ViziLite, cancer-screening devices used in dental offices that allow the detection of oral cancer to be quick, easy and painless. Dr. Williams and Dr. Sivie are now offering the OraRisk® HPV test which is a non-invasive, easy-to-use screening tool to identify the type(s) of oral HPV, a mucosal viral infection that could potentially lead to oral cancer. OraRisk® HPV enables your dentist to establish increased risk for oral cancer and determine appropriate referral and monitoring conditions," states Dr. Williams.
“Regular checkups at your dental office and self-evaluations are both essential. Be aware of any bumps, discoloration of tissue (such as white or red areas) or changes to the mouth, throat, tongue and lips,” explains Dr. Sivie, “Using these practices we can all help lower the risks and prevent oral cancer.”