If you feel that you may be at risk for developing oral cancer, please call Dr. Brent Miller today to schedule a screening and to discuss other things that you may be able to do to reduce your chance of developing oral cancer.
Murfreesboro, TN (PRWEB) April 21, 2014
When making the next appointment to visit Dr. Brent Miller of Blackman Grove Dental, ask for an oral cancer screening. One may think that it is not imperative to get an oral cancer screening; however, visiting the dentist is your first step to prevent oral cancer. April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month and with Dr. Brent Miller, a patient can begin to learn preventative care to lower a person’s chance of developing oral cancer.
Oral cancer rates in the United States are growing each year. More than 40,000 people will be diagnosed with around 8,000 dying from this disease. Most who are diagnosed with oral cancer do not live longer than five years after being diagnosed. It has one of the highest death rates among the most common cancers such as thyroid, cervical, or skin cancer. This high death rate can be attributed to fact that oral cancer goes undiagnosed in its early stages. When caught in the later advanced stages, the cancer has normally spread to other parts of the body.
Of course there is no way to know who will get oral cancer but the best way to help protect yourself is to seek out your dentist and have a screening. However, there are a few potential causes that one should be aware of and may help patients minimize ones chances of developing oral cancer.
- Age (most patients diagnosed with oral cancer are over the age of 40; however, there are now a high rise in cases in those under 30)
- Tobacco use, either from cigarettes or smokeless chewing tobacco
- Excessive alcohol consumption (especially in combination with tobacco use)
- Persistent viral infections, such as HPV16
- A diet low in fruits and vegetables
Cancer is a scary prospect to any party involved. If you feel that you may be at risk for developing oral cancer, please call Dr. Brent Miller today to schedule a screening and to discuss other things that you may be able to do to reduce your chance of developing oral cancer.
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