Clay and Associates DDS, PLC Will Provide Oral Cancer Screenings in April to Promote Oral Cancer Awareness Month

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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, Clay and Associates DDS, PLC will be providing screenings to the public at their Fort Dodge, Iowa dental clinic.

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"Early screening and detection of Oral, Head and Neck cancer is critical for successful treatment outcome and prognosis,” states Dr. John Clay, Clay and Associates DDS, PLC.

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, Clay and Associates DDS, PLC will be providing no cost screenings to the public at their Fort Dodge, Iowa dental clinic. Clay and Associates DDS, PLC staff will be performing the no cost oral cancer screenings during the month of April. If interested in participating contact Clay and Associates DDS, PLC at (515) 573-7601 to schedule a no cost screening.

"Early screening and detection of Oral, Head and Neck cancer is critical for successful treatment outcome and prognosis,” states Dr. John Clay, Clay and Associates DDS, PLC. “Free oral cancer screenings provide an opportunity for all our community to receive education and awareness of oral cancer and its risk factors."

Clay and Associates DDS, PLC is dental clinic that includes state of the art equipment, dental services and Botox and Dermafill services. They are located at 1905 North 15th Street, Fort Dodge, Iowa. Additional information is available by calling 515-573-7601 and visiting Clay and Associates DDS, PLC. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. #ThisIsFortDodge

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