Michael Douglas Supports Oral Cancer Awareness
By: Dr. Anna Marie Mazoch, D.D.S.
April and May are Oral Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Months, sponsored by the Oral Cancer Foundation (www.oralcancerfoundation.org) and Head and Neck Cancer Alliance (www.ohancaw.com) and supported by film star Michael Douglas.
You may know that academy award winning actor and producer, Michael Douglas, had throat cancer. What you may not know is that his cancer started at the base of his tongue, an organ of the mouth routinely checked during an oral cancer examination.
“A scary fact is that more young people are contracting oral cancer, even though they may have never smoked or consumed alcoholic beverages”,
states Dr. Anna Marie Mazoch, a Pike Creek/Milltown Road area dentist. “Research shows”, she continues, “that the same HPV 16 and 18 (Human Papillomavirus) that can cause up to 95% of cervical cancers is also a cause of oral cancers.”
Dr. Mazoch goes on to recommend that everyone should receive at least a yearly oral cancer examination, and this includes patients who are missing some or all of their teeth.
When found early, there is an 80-90 % survival rate;
however, most oral cancers are found in their late stages, resulting in death for NEARLY HALF of those diagnosed. And there are 100 new cases of oral cancer diagnosed every day in the United States.
Dr. Mazoch has provided dental care to Milltown area residents since 2001. She earned her undergraduate degree at Ohio University and her dental degree at Northwestern University in 1979. Annually attending many continuing education courses enables Dr. Mazoch to stay at the forefront of her profession so that she can provide optimal care to her patients. She regularly attends courses focusing on periodontics, implants, orthodontics, cosmetic procedures, and new technology so that the most current treatment options are available to her patients. Go to www.drmazoch.com or call 302-998-9594. Located at 2601 Annand Dr., Suite 18, Wilmington, DE 19808.
Dr. Mazoch is conducting
FREE ORAL CANCER SCREENINGS
on Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.