Most people don’t realize how serious oral cancer is. Worldwide, oral cancers are generally more significant than different types we may hear of more often, like cervical cancer or skin cancer.
Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) May 03, 2013
With April being national Oral Cancer Awareness month across America, Babak Larian, MD, FACS, and expert head and neck surgeon in Los Angeles believes the best approach to treating and overcoming related head and neck cancers is through early detection and education. According to a recent article, more than 42,000 individuals in the United States are diagnosed with some form of oral cancer each year, with nearly 8,000 cases turning fatal.
“Most people don’t realize how serious oral cancer is. Worldwide, oral cancers are generally more significant than different types we may hear of more often, like cervical cancer or skin cancer,” said world-renowned head and neck surgeon Babak Larian, MD, FACS.
The term oral cancer refers to any type of cancer that occurs in the mouth, including the tongue, lips, gums, cheeks, tonsils and salivary glands. Oral cancer has historically been one of the more difficult cancers to treat because it often receives a late diagnosis and isn’t discovered until it spreads to other parts of the body. However, individuals who know that they have a family history of oral cancer, or who participate in activities that can lead to its development, like smoking, can greatly improve their chances of overcoming the disorder with early detection from an experienced oral doctor.
“When doctors are able to detect oral cancer early, the prognosis for the patient is always greatly improved. This is why it’s very important for individuals with a family history or who may be prone to developing a related cancer should always visit a medical specialist to be screened,” said world-renowned surgeon Dr. Larian.
At the CENTER for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery in Los Angeles, Dr. Larian specializes in the performance of oral cancer surgeries involving the salivary and parotid glands. When a patient comes to Dr. Larian with a diagnosis of oral cancer, the individual usually undergoes gland removal surgery with a team of experts lead by Dr. Larian.
“Parotid gland cancer surgery can be extremely intricate because the facial nerve is very close to the salivary gland. I always have a team of experts involved in this type of procedure so that my patients have the best chances of seeing a full and fruitful recovery,” said Dr. Larian.
Dr. Babak Larian, the Director of the CENTER for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery in Los Angeles, is a highly experienced and reputable board-certified surgeon, specializing in minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of oral cancers. Due to his expertise in successfully treating otolaryngology related conditions, Dr. Larian was appointed Chief of Head & Neck Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.
For additional information regarding Dr. Larian or the treatment of oral cancer in Los Angeles, please visit http://www.Advancedonc.com for more information or call (310) 461-0300.