April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month and your Rockville area dentist, Dr. Victor Siegel, has joined forces with The Oral Cancer Foundation to offer complimentary oral cancer screenings on April 2nd, 3rd and 4th. In addition to the standard visual and tactile screening, Dr. Siegel also offers Velscope, an additional screening tool which uses a blue spectrum light to highlight any suspicious tissue not seen by the naked eye.
Every hour of the day someone dies of oral cancer in the United States, and unfortunately this statistic has remained largely unchanged for almost fifty years. If caught early, the survival date for this disease is 80-90%, however that rate drops to 20-30% at later states of the disease. How can we improve the survival rate? Awareness and early detection. Educating the public to the benefit of oral cancer screenings and early diagnosis are key.