“Nearly 42,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. An oral cancer check should be a routine part of every hygiene visit,” said Dr. Steven Spitz of Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry.
(PRWEB) April 25, 2013
Steven D. Spitz, DMD, founder of Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, wants to save lives and increase awareness during April’s oral cancer awareness month. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, oral cancer causes over 8,000 deaths yearly, killing roughly one person per hour, 24 hours a day. Historically, the death rate associated with oral cancer is particularly high due to this type of cancer being routinely discovered late in its development. To increase awareness and help put an end to this deadly cycle, Dr. Spitz is sharing specific warning signs to look for.
“Nearly 42,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. An oral cancer check should be a routine part of every hygiene visit,” said Dr. Steven Spitz of Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry. “Early detection, diagnosis and treatment are absolutely the key to survival and recovery.”
According to the Boston area dentist, see a dentist if:
- Any change occurs in your mouth (tongue, cheek, throat, near teeth, etc);
- Red or white areas in your mouth appear different than your normal skin color;
- The noted area does NOT hurt;
- The noted area is affected for more than two weeks;
- The noted area is stationary and not movable when pressed upon;
- The noted area is hard and not soft.
Oral cancer can be present even if a person does not see it or feel it. Though it is one of the most detectable cancers and can be treatable if caught in its early stages, it has a high fatality rate. This is because many people dismiss small oral bumps as not serious, and is therefore diagnosed as cancer in its later stages.
Oral cancer can affect anyone and can be found anywhere in a person’s mouth and throat including their cheeks, tongue, esophagus, gums, or roof of their mouth, and affects individuals who may have never smoked or used chewing tobacco. Oral cancer checks should occur every six months in conjunction with regular dental visits. However, if there is a bump in your mouth that does not hurt, the VELscope or other sensitive equipment can identify the growth as cancerous or benign.
If any of the mentioned symptoms are noticed, contact an oral health care professional immediately. For more information, visit http://www.smileboston.com/.
About Smileboston Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry
Founded in 1997 by Prosthodontist Steven D. Spitz, DMD, Smileboston Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry is a full service dental office providing all aspects of dentistry with a focus on dental implants, laser dentistry, aesthetics, and dental rehabilitation. Smileboston has consistently been on the forefront of dental medicine adopting today’s most technological advances for patient care. Dr. Spitz's specialized treatment for planning and caring of patients has designated Smileboston as, "one of the most reputable places in Boston for cosmetic procedures," by Boston magazine and a recipient of COUP Boston magazine’s 2013 Lifestyle Visionary award.