Oral cancer is one of the few cancers still on the rise, claiming
the lives of as many Americans as melanoma and has shown a recent
increase in young, non-smokers. The important news is that oral cancer
can now be prevented. In recognition of Cancer Survivors
Month this June, ENT
and Allergy Associates, LLP (ENTA), the largest ear,
nose, throat, allergy and audiology practice in the tri-state area, is
raising public awareness of the increased prevalence of oral cancer
among unsuspected groups by reminding patients of the importance of
self-examinations, as well as the availability of the OralCDx
BrushTest®, the first and only
non-invasive oral cancer prevention test.
"It's a fact: oral cancer can be prevented, but it
does require individuals to get in the habit of performing a simple
self-examination," says Aylon Y. Glaser, MD of the ENTA office in
Hoboken, NJ. "During Cancer Survivors Month, we want to
increase our efforts in educating the public about the prevalence of
oral cancer, since there has been nearly a five-fold increase of oral
cancer in patients under age 40, many with no known risk factors. Why
risk getting the disease when you can actually prevent it?"
Nearly every oral cancer starts as a very small white or red spot
-- typically the size of a sesame seed. Although the majority of small
spots in the mouth are benign and are caused by everyday trauma, such as
cheek-biting, or a pizza burn some are pre-cancerous. To determine if a
spot contains precancerous cells, an ear, nose and throat specialist can
perform the OralCDx
BrushTest®, which is a covered benefit
under virtually all medical insurance.
"We urge everyone to check their mouths and meet with their ENT
physician if they see or feel something unusual," continues Dr. Glaser.
BrushTest is the next definitive step."
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