In honor of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, the dental office of Dr. Treva Diane Lee is offering free oral cancer screenings on Thursday, April 18th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Monday, April 22nd from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dr. Treva Diane Lee, DDS is located at 2630 N. Fresno Street, Suite 101, between Clinton and Shields in Fresno.
Oral cancer is not a rare disease; approximately 42,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer every year in the United States. It kills one person every hour of every day, and over 100 new individuals will be diagnosed with it each day. The good news is that it can often be found early in its development though a simple, painless, and quick screening.
Who should get screened?
Every adult. Oral cancer can often be caught early, even as a pre-cancer. With early detection, survival rates are high. Like other screenings you engage in such as cervical, skin, prostate, colon and breast examinations, oral cancer screenings are an effective means of finding cancer in its early, highly curable stages. Make them part of your annual check-ups.
What are the risk factors?
There are two distinct pathways by which most people come to oral cancer. One is through the use of tobacco and alcohol, and the other is through the exposure to the HPV 16 virus; or the Human Papilloma Virus Version 16; which is now the leading cause of oral cancers in the US. It is also the same virus that is responsible for the majority of cervical cancers in women. The quickest growing segment of the oral cancer population is now young, healthy, non-smokers due to the connection to this virus.
An oral cancer screening should be conducted every year, so take advantage of this free offer and get screened today.
Dr. Treva Diane Lee uses cutting edge technology like the VELscope Vx to help diagnose oral disease even before it can be seen under ordinary light. Screenings will be held on a first come, first serve basis. Please visit www.oralcancer.org for more information, or call us at 559-226-3010 with any questions.
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