Monday, July 1, 2013

Doctor's Orders - "Oral cancer can be easily diagnosed" by Dr. Stanley D. Armstrong

The Oral Cancer Foundation reports that as many as 42,000 Americans will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer in 2013.  This mind-boggling number is in addition to those already diagnosed and fighting their personal war on cancer, as well as those thousands of undiagnosed sufferers who do not yet realize what a serious problem they have.  And there are so many out there who remain undiagnosed, simply because oral cancer, while easy to detect, suffers from a serious lack of public awareness.  Yet, when found and treated early, there is an 80 to 90 percent survival rate. But when found later, mortality skyrockets.  So there really is no reason for you and your family to remain in the dark, especially when you can easily be screened at your dentist's office using a simple, non-invasive, bright blue light.

These days, most dentists have available an inexpensive and easy diagnostic tool called a Velscope that uses a special blue fluorescent light to detect abnormalities in the mouth and throat.  Simply shining the Velscope's simple blue light into your mouth could simply save your life.  Using the Velscope, your dentist can assess your oral health in just a couple of minutes with absolutely no pain or discomfort whatsoever.   So call your dentist today and schedule a visit - you have nothing to lose and perhaps a life to gain.

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