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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Think Pink!

october_breast_cancer_588x400October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month; every October marks a renewed national campaign to increase awareness of the disease.
Most of us know someone whose life has been touched by breast cancer.  It may be a co-worker, a friend, a family member, or themselves.    1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.

An early detection plan is the best way to catch the disease in its early stages.  This includes monthly self-exams, clinical exams during an annual gynecological visit, and mammograms.   When breast cancer is detected early, the 5-year survival rate is nearly 100%

A healthy life-style of eating a balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and being active can reduce the risk factors of breast cancer and other illnesses.

The mouth is a very important part of our overall general health.  According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, more than one-third of all cancer patients develop complications that affect the mouth.   These can be mild to severe side effects and can include mouth sores, infection, dry mouth, sensitive gums and jaw pain.  A dentist should be part of the cancer care team.

2015-CANCER-MONTH-wIt is important to evaluate a patient’s dental health and discuss treatment options prior to starting cancer treatment. By treating areas of concern the possible dental side effects associated with chemotherapy and radiation can be reduced.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office.  Dr. Tingzon and her staff truly care about their patients and helping them achieve and maintain optimum oral health.

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