Tuesday, October 16, 2012

S.M.I.L.E. for Cancer Check

SMILE for Cancer Check

Guest blogger : Jonathan A. Bregman, D.D.S., F.A.G.D.

Oral cancer is something that has stayed “below the radar” of the public; it is not known nor understood by the majority of non-dental health care providers.  There is not the level of awareness or understanding of the necessity of self-exam as there is for breast cancer, for example.

For that reason, there is a very simple way for the public to be able to save their own lives through awareness of their own oral health, with S.M.I.L.E.-Mirror™ and through the website www.endoralcancer.com.  Along with self-awareness of the need for self-exam is the clear message about the importance of seeing one’s dentist at least twice per year for an oral cancer screening as well.

Use of your S.M.I.L.E.-Mirror™
An oral cancer self-examination looks for abnormalities (white patches, red patches, bumps, lumps, or ulcers). You, as a patient need to S.M.I.L.E.™ once per month for yourself and twice per year for your dentist…for early detection of oral cancer!
If you see something abnormal, wait 2-3 weeks, look again.  If it is still there, go see your dentist.
And remember, what you don’t know about your mouth can kill you!  
To get additional smile-mirrors and for a video demonstration of the S.M.I.L.E.-Mirror™ go to www.endoralcancer.com.

Next in this blog series about oral cancer:  Meet Stage IV- Oral Cancer survivor Eve Grayzel, http://www.sixstepscreening.org/about

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