October is Breast Cancer Awareness month

As many of you know that have followed our blog, two very special team members were diagnosed with Breast cancer in 2009.  We all encourage you to have your examinations as recommended by your physicians.  Many times, problems can be caught very early with the new technology available.  With that in mind, see your physicians for these tests, but see us for your Oral Cancer exams.

We Care…And We Can Help!

Our prctice has purchased a state-of-the-art device called the VELscope Oral Cancer Screening System.  Along with our conventional oral screening exam, which includes looking inside your mouth for any lesions that might be visible to the naked eye, and feeling your neck for any suspicious bumps, we can use the VELscope to literally see beneath the surface to detect potentially dangerous growths we might have otherwise missed.  During the month of October, we will be providing the VELscope exam free to charge to new patients in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month and our 2 team members, Kim and Loretta.

The VELscope exam takes about 2 minutes as part of your regular hygiene visit, involves no pain or inconvenience, and is completely safe.  We think you will find the additional cost for this exam to be very reasonable, and it might even be covered by your insurance company.

We think you’ll appreciate the peace-of-mind this screening provides!

Oral cancer is one of the few types of cancer that haven’t experienced a significant reduced mortality rate in the past 30 years.  In fact, the number of North Americans developing oral cancer is 3 times the number who develop cervical cancer.  Sadly, one North American dies or oral cancer every hour of every day.

If Your’re Sexually Active, You’re at Risk

Oral cancer has traditionally been associated with tobacco usage, and it’s true that the majority of oral cancer victims smoke or use chewing tobacco, consume alcohol and are over 40.  But the group experiencing the highest growth rate of oral cancer does not fit this traditional “at risk” profile.  More and more, oral cancer is striking younger people who don’t use tobacco or abuse alcohol.

In many cases, the cause appears to be one of two strains of human papilloma virus (HPV-16 or HPV-18) that can be contracted during sexual intercourse and especially oral sex.

As a result, health care experts recommend annual oral cancer screenings for all adults aged 18 and older.  If you smoke or use chewing tobacco, screenings are recommended every six months.

If we can answer any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 317-859-6768, we would be happy to help!

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