A famous quote reads: “The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do nothing for him.” The impact of Mr. Jeff Hoese on the life of my son was immeasurable. Speaking out in support of him, his professionalism and his dedication to the Steamer Nation is the least that a very grateful mother’s heart could do.
Oral Cancer awareness
April is National Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Several organizations, including the American Dental Association, have joined forces with the Oral Cancer Foundation to promote awareness and early prevention of this disease.
Approximately 42,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year and only about half of those diagnosed will be alive in five years. The death rate with this cancer is espeically high because it’s typically not found until it is in its later stages.
Oral cancer generally effects adults over the age of 40 and risk factors including smoking, the use of smokeless tabacco and heavy alcohol consumption. There is now a younger population with this type of cancer and it is being linked to the human papilloma virus 16. This is the same virus that is the cause of many cervical cancers.
Oral cancer can be hard to detect because in early stages it can appear as a small sore in hard-to-view areas of the mouth. Symptoms can include a red or white spot in the mouth that doesn’t heal, a lump or swelling in the mouth or cheek, difficulty swallowing or chewing, and pain or tenderness in the mouth or lips. The most common sites for oral cancer include the floor of the mouth and the tongue — both relatively difficult areas to see.
Routine oral cancer screenings from your dentist are the best way to detect oral cancer. These screenings should be an integral part of preventive care and could save your life. For more information on oral cancer, contact your dentist or go online to oralcancerfoundation.org for details.
Dr. Ann McIntyre is a Clinton dentist practicing at Dr. Dosland and Dr. Miller’s office.