Encore Dental Celebrates Oral Cancer Awareness Month

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Ask Encore Dental Care about oral cancer screenings during Oral Cancer Awareness Month in April.

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, which means it’s the perfect time to get an oral cancer screening. Dr. Lilia Martinez Cyr at Encore Dental Care is available to provide oral cancer screenings for interested patients.

Awareness is continuing to grow about oral cancer, which continues to increase in terms of rate of occurrence. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, approximately 43,250 people in the United States will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year. Oral cancer screenings can detect oral cancer early in its development. Screenings are quick and painless and are usually offered during routine dental visits.

Oral cancer can be spotted inside the mouth as red or white patches or mouth sores and are usually painless. A dentist can spot these signs and feel inside the mouth for lumps that offer more hints to oral cancer. Further testing will usually be recommended to determine whether or not sores or suspicious areas are actually cancerous. A biopsy is usually the most effective way to determine if any growths or lesions are cancerous.

Those who are at a greater risk for oral cancer include those who smoke or use chewing tobacco and heavy drinkers. Infection with HPV16 (most commonly associated with cervical cancer) is also a risk factor.

Encore Dental Care puts the needs of their patients first and foremost. Their highly trained professional team can give each patient personal attention and care. Encore Dental Care offers a number of services at their state-of-the-art facility in San Antonio. Book an appointment by calling 210-647-0097 or visit http://www.encoredentalsa.com.

Dr. Lilia Martinez Cyr is a 12th generation Texan and her hometown is McAllen, TX. She graduated from the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science at the University of North TX (Denton). She received her B.S. in Biology (Magna Cum Laude) from UT San Antonio and received her DDS from the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio with Distinctive Honors in Research.

Dr. Cyr was selected by the American Association of Oral Biologists to receive the Research in Oral Biology Award (2010) for her significant contribution to research in tooth development and the American Academy of Oral Medicine Award for 2010. She is a member of the ADA, TDA, San Antonio District Dental Society, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Orthodontic Society, and the Academy of GP Orthodontics.

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