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April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month.  Longtime patients know that our dental professionals perform routine oral cancer screenings when you come in for your regular exam and cleaning appointment.  Of interest per the ADA (American Dental Association) website:  “It’s estimated that approximately 49,750 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer and cancers of the throat, tonsils and back of the tongue in 2017.”  More information about oral cancer and the top risk factors can be found here. Important things to know per this article – men are at a higher risk, it tends to strike those 55 and older,  and as might be expected, the risk is higher for those who use tobacco products, especially chew.  What you might not know, though, is that 7 out of 10 individuals diagnosed with oral cancers are heavy drinkers.  Take time this month to educate yourselves on this disease.

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Mark T. Albers, D.D.S.
Dear Dr. Albers: I am very thankful to God and you for your talents and the wisdom you used with my dentures. I can now crunch the tiny seeds in a strawberry! I am so grateful to know what that feels, sounds and tastes like. Not to mention chewing carrots, apples and steak. I am not afraid I will choke anymore. My teeth are beautiful and so is my smile — I have received compliments, something that hasn’t happened to me in a long, long time. You and your staff are very professional, kind, and respectful with your utmost concern for your patient’s well being. Thank you again.

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