Dr. Dell Goodrick of A Unique Dental Experience in Santa Clarita, CA is offering free oral cancer screenings in conjunction with the Oral Cancer Foundation and Head and Neck Cancer Alliance throughout the month of April for Oral Cancer Awareness Month.
Nearly 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer each year and it is the 11th highest cause of cancer mortality. Early screenings and diagnoses can lead to very favorable survival rates and much less invasive treatment options. Patients can simply call the office of A Unique Dental Experience to schedule their free, quick and painless oral cancer screening with Dr. Dell anytime throughout the month during their business hours.
The screening is comprised of six simple and painless steps that dentists have begun to incorporate with each dental check up. These six steps involve checking the tongue, lips, cheeks, soft tissue and palate for abnormalities that may be indicative of oral or pharyngeal cancer.
At A Unique Dental Experience, Dr. Goodrick also incorporates a seventh step for oral cancer screening with VELscope technology. The VELscope device uses the latest fluorescence visualization to detect oral cancer cells in their very earliest stages, before they may be visible to the human eye. This helps Dr. Goodrick diagnose patients early on so they have the most options for treatment and the most potential for favorable outcomes. The VELscope examination is absolutely painless and requires only a few minutes of the patient’s time in the dental chair.
While mortality rates of oral cancer have improved over the past several years, it still kills approximately 1 person per hour, 24 hours a day. Oral cancer traditionally is more common in people over the age of 40, however, it is becoming more frequently found in younger patients. Those who use chewing tobacco or who smoke are at a higher risk than others for oral cancer. Recent connections have also been proven between the presence of HPV16 and oral cancer.
Oral Cancer Awareness month is a great opportunity for residents in and near Santa Clarita – even those who are not currently a patient of Dr. Goodrick – to get examined and learn about the signs and symptoms of oral cancer.
About Dr. Goodrick
Dr. Dell Goodrick is a strong promoter of complete health and wellness, committed to educating his patients about all the ways they may improve their oral health and appearance; from the link between oral and systemic health to cosmetic dentistry and through the many avenues appearance and function of the teeth can be improved.
For more information about Dr. Dell Goodrick or the free oral cancer screenings he and his staff are offering through the month of April at A Unique Dental Experience in Santa Clarita, please visit www.drdell.com or call (661)254-4000.
A Unique Dental Experience is located at 23504 Lyons Avenue, Suite 104, Santa Clarita, CA 91321.