DannaSmile & Oral Cancer Awareness

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Plano, Texas–April 2016

“Did you know that oral and pharyngeal cancer collectively kills nearly one person every hour, every day of the year?” asks cosmetic dentist, Jodi Danna, DDS. “As a preventative measure, we routinely offer oral cancer screenings to our patients at DannaSmile.”   

In 2016, it is estimated that more than 48,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer. However, many people are unaware of their risk of developing this insidious disease. While heavy tobacco and alcohol use are still major risk factors, new evidence indicates that the human papilloma virus (HPV) infection is also linked to oral cancer. Yet, most people with an HPV infection have no symptoms.

Fortunately, only a very small portion of those with HPV will develop oral cancer. However, since it’s impossible to detect the initial infection and predict who will develop oral cancer, screening for early detection is of the utmost importance. Statistically, individuals with an HPV related cancer are often younger and not heavy alcohol or tobacco users.

All adults need to be screened for oral cancer. With early detection, survival rates are higher and side effects from treatment are less. “Dental hygiene visits are the ideal time to conduct the oral cancer screening and raise awareness of its importance to our patients,” says Dr Mariya Barnett, DDS, also a member of the Plano, Texas based DannaSmile team.

For questions about oral cancer screenings contact DannaSmile via phone at 972-267-6244. Or go to DannaSmile.com