"Early screening and detection of Oral, Head and Neck cancer is critical for successful treatment outcome and prognosis,” states Dr. Kevin P. Orcutt, MD, Radiation Oncology
Mason City, IA (PRWEB) March 29, 2017
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, approximately 49,750 people in the U.S. will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year. 132 new people in the US every day will be newly diagnosed with an oral cancer, and that one person every hour of the day, 24/7/365 will die from it
Oral cancer can strike in the mouth and throat with most of these cancers beginning in the flat cells—squamous cells—that cover the surfaces of the mouth, tongue and lips. Some of the risk factors for oral cancer include tobacco use, heavy alcohol consumption, infection with human papillomavirus (HPV), sun exposure, diet, betel nut use, and personal history of oral cancer.
Symptoms to watch for include patches inside the mouth or on the lips, a sore on the mouth or lips that doesn’t heal, bleeding in the mouth, loose teeth, pain or difficulty swallowing, lump in the neck, numbness of lower lip and chin, difficulty wearing dentures and a persistent earache.
April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month and a good time to visit your dentist for a screening. To promote the importance of oral cancer screening and participating with the Oral Cancer Foundation, Mint Springs Dentistry will be providing no cost screenings to the public at their Mason City, Iowa dental clinic. Dr. Noemi Cruz-Orcutt, Dr. Robert Polking and Dr. Mary Beth Polking will be performing the no cost oral cancer screenings during the month of April. If interested in participating contact Mint Springs Dentistry at 641-424-9398 to schedule a free screening.
"Early screening and detection of Oral, Head and Neck cancer is critical for successful treatment outcome and prognosis,” states Dr. Kevin P. Orcutt, MD, Radiation Oncology at Mercy Cancer Center in Mason City. “Free oral cancer screenings provide an opportunity for all members in the community to receive education and awareness of oral cancer and its risk factors."
Mint Springs Dentistry is located at 851 South Taft Avenue in Mason City, IA. The dental clinic is accepting new patients. Dr. Noemi Cruz-Orcutt is also fluent in Spanish. Additional information is available by calling 641-424-9398, visiting the website at http://www.mintspringsdentistry.com and following along on Facebook