Oral Cancer is a silent killer, claiming one life every hour, every day. The dentists at 123Dentist.com are helping to change the facts on Oral Cancer. On April 19, April 20, and April 21, participating 123Dentist.com clinics will offer Free Oral Cancer Screening for Residents of Vancouver’s Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. According to the Oral Cancer Awareness Foundation (OrCA.org), awareness of Oral Cancer is low when compared to other cancers such as cervical, lung and colon cancers. —
123Dentist spokesman Karim Shivji notes that “the public knows that early detection and treatment of breast cancer, lung cancer, and prostate cancer are the key to increasing survival – and they know to go to their doctor to get checked. But most people don’t know how prevalent and insidious Late Stage Oral Cancer can be, and they don’t know that they can be tested at the dentist as part of their routine oral health exams. Early detection of Oral Cancer can increase survival rates by up to 90% – and these days detection can be accomplished even before the disease is visible to the naked eye.”
According to Dr. Ed Wong, “at our 123Dentist.com clinics, we use tissue exams and VELscopeTM Oral Cancer Screening Technology invented at the BC Cancer Agency in Vancouver to screen patients for any evidence of early stage abnormalities. VELscopeTM’s fluorescent light screening makes testing for Oral Cancer painless, non-invasive and quick – it might take just five minutes of a patient’s time to potentially save years of their lives.”
Oral Cancer is now being diagnosed in non-smoking individuals as early as 20 years old. Traditionally, Oral Cancer has been associated with older patients who smoke, but there has been an increase in Oral Cancer detection in the younger population in recent years. Adults of all ages are encouraged to screen for Oral Cancer. If found in its early stages of development, people with Oral Cancer have an 80 to 90% survival rate, compared to a 45% death rate within five years when the cancer is found in its late stages.
Patients can visit 123Dentist.com to reserve a FREE Oral Cancer screening for themselves or their loved ones on April 19, 20, or 21 at a participating 123Dentist.com clinic in their own community. More about the 123Dentist.com Free Oral Cancer Screening Event and for facts on Oral Cancer can be found on the 123Dentist.com Oral Cancer Awareness page.
The 123Dentist.com Community Dentist Network is a group of experienced and caring dentists located across the Vancouver Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. Committed to excellence and social responsibility, the 123Dentist.com Community Dentist Network offers patients a range of environmentally-friendly and ultramodern dental clinic options. Members of the public can quickly and easily find a 123Dentist in their community with the search engine on the 123Dentist.com website. Learn more at 123Dentist.com
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