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April: Oral Cancer Awareness Month Highlights Self-Examination, Prevention
ENT and Allergy Associates® launches patient awareness initiative
Westchester, N.Y. – March 1, 2012 – ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP (ENTA) the largest ENT doctor, allergy and audiology practice in the tri-state area, is proud to participate in Oral Cancer Awareness Month, an oral cancer prevention program during the month of April. Complementing efforts undertaken by the Oral Cancer Foundation to raise awareness of the rising incidence of oral cancer, ENTA is educating the community on the rising incidence of cancers of the oral cavity. Oral cancer is increasingly being found in previously unsuspected individuals, including women, young people and non-smokers — claiming almost as many lives as melanoma, and twice as many as cervical cancer.
“While the five-year survival rate of oral cancer victims is among the lowest of all cancers, there is hope,” says Michael Bergstein, M.D., F.A.C.S. of the ENTA office in Sleepy Hollow, NY. “The first step in putting a halt to oral cancer is for individuals to perform a quick oral self-exam. Oral self-exams are important for everyone since over 25 percent of oral cancer victims have no known risk factors. These self-exams are simple to perform and can prompt individuals to seek medical attention at the very earliest sign of trouble.”
Nearly every oral cancer starts as a very small white or red spot — typically the size of a sesame seed. The majority of these spots in the mouth are caused by everyday trauma, such as cheek-biting, a sharp tooth or a pizza burn. The public may, therefore, be unaware that some of those spots may in fact contain precancerous cells, know as dysplasia. During a physician examination, ENTA doctors can utilize a quick, accurate and painless test to identify if a spot is in fact, precancerous. The physician can then effect treatment before the lesion advances to a more significant stage of disease.
“Your doctor now has a simple test to identify pre-cancer and cancer in its earliest stages, but it all begins with a self-check for red or white sports on the inside of the mouth — including the cheeks, gums, and all surfaces of the tongue, as well as the area underneath the tongue,” says Dr. Bergstein. “If you find or feel anything unusual, call your doctor to schedule an appointment to receive this quick and accurate test.”
Dr. Bergstein adds, “Raising public awareness is the key to early detection of oral cancer, rather than waiting until more extensive surgical interventions are necessary – some of which have poor survival rates. We want to educate the public of the importance of looking for the earliest signs to help put an end to the progression of oral cancer.“
Visit http://www.entandallergy.com/service/ent-information to view a guide to oral self-examination. Take advantage of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and start performing this quick and easy self-exam today.
About ENT and Allergy Associates
Each of ENT and Allergy Associates’ 36 clinical locations provides access to a full complement of services, including General Adult and Pediatric ENT, Voice and Swallowing, Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery, Disorders of the Inner Ear and Dizziness, Asthma, Clinical Immunology, Diagnostic Audiology, Hearing Aid dispensing, Sleep and CT services. Visit www.entandallergy.com for more information. The practice has a clinical alliance with The Mount Sinai Hospital for the treatment of diseases of the head and neck and a partnership with the American Cancer Society to educate and treat patients with smoking disorders and cancer. The Practice has also expanded its clinical capabilities to include advanced Immunodeficiency trials.