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Bellevue, WA, United States, 2014/03/21 - AnaBella Family & Cosmetic Dentistry to offer Complimentary Oral Cancer Screenings throughout Oral Cancer Awareness Month April 1-30 - AnaBellaDentistry.com.
Clara H. Song, DDS of AnaBella Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is teaming with both the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance (HNCA) and The Oral Cancer Foundation for Oral Cancer Awareness Month in April by offering complimentary oral cancer screenings. This is an annual initiative to increase public knowledge of the signs, symptoms and risk factors associated with oral, head and neck cancer and provide the public with access to free screenings.
“Over the past decade, there has been a shift in those at high risk for oral, head and neck cancer. This disease used to be most common among tobacco and alcohol users, but the quickest growing segment of the oral cancer population are young, healthy, non-smokers due to the connection of HPV exposure.” said Clara Song, DDS. “With an increase in HPV, our goal is to educate and provide a greater understanding of head and neck cancers because, when detected early, they are more easily treatable and the chances of survival greatly increase.”
The majority of Americans are not knowledgeable about oral, head and neck cancer, and over 7 in 10 (71 percent) say that they have not been examined by a medical professional for the disease. Only 13 percent of Americans know that human papillomavirus (HPV) the same virus that causes cervical cancer is now associated with throat cancer.
Oral cancer is not a rare disease. Approximately 43,250 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer every year in the US. It kills one person every hour of every day, and over 115 new individuals will be diagnosed with it each day. The good news is that it can often be found early in its development, through a simple, painless, and quick screening. An oral cancer screening should be conducted every year.
• Red and/or white discolorations of the soft tissues of the mouth.
• Any sore which does not heal within 14 days.
• Hoarseness which lasts for a prolonged period of time.
• A sensation that something is stuck in your throat;
• Numbness in the oral region;
• Difficulty in moving the jaw or tongue;
• Difficulty in swallowing;
• Ear pain which occurs on one side only;
• A sore under a denture, which even after adjustment of the denture, still does not heal;
• A lump or thickening which develops in the mouth or on the neck.
Locally, Dr. Song will be offering complimentary oral, head, and neck cancer screenings throughout the month of April at her dental practice, AnaBella Dentistry, in Bellevue, WA.