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Free Oral Cancer Screenings April 19

Posted on Apr 1, 2012, by Phillips & Schmitt, DDS, PA

In an effort to raise awareness about the dangers of oral cancer, the dental practice of Phillips & Schmitt DDS is holding free screenings from 12 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 19. The screenings, which are part of April’s nationwide Oral Cancer Awareness Month, will be held at the practice, which is located at 1111 Hendersonville Rd. The tests are open to the public, and appointments may be made by calling (828) 254-1944.

Each year, nearly 40,000 Americans are diagnosed with cancer of the mouth or larynx, with the diseases claiming more than 8,000 lives annually.

  • “As with any cancer, early detection of oral cancer greatly improves the chances for survival,” said Dr. Douglas Phillips, DDS. “When caught early, oral cancer has a survival rate of up to 90 percent.
  • “However, the death rate with this cancer is particularly high because it’s usually not diagnosed until it has metastasized to another location, most often the lymph nodes,” he added. “That’s because in its early stages, oral cancer often produces little or no pain or other symptoms that would make the victim take note.”

Phillips stressed that oral cancer can be easy to catch with annual screenings. The tests offered at Phillips & Schmitt on April 19 will consist of a visual examination with magnification. This examination will catch some of the most common early signs of oral cancer, including mouth sores that won’t heal, white or red patches in the mouth, and lumps and swelling in the cheek or jaw.

Drs. Phillips and Schmitt offer the following tips for reducing your chances of oral cancer:

  • Stop smoking: According to a study by the University of California, San Francisco, more than eight out of 10 oral cancer patients are smokers.
  • Reduce alcohol intake: Alcohol abuse is the second leading cause of oral cancer. The risk is greater for those who both drink and smoke.
  • Get vaccinated against the human papilloma virus version 16: In addition to causing cervical cancer in women, HPV-16 is responsible for the vast majority of HPV-related oral cancers in both men and women.

For more information on the free oral cancer screenings, call Phillips & Schmitt DDS at (828) 254-1944.

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Phillips & Schmitt, DDS, PA

1111 Hendersonville Rd
Asheville, NC 28803

Phone: (828) 254-1944
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