We are excited to help spread the word on a new company started by a local hygienist. Jill Meyer-Lippert, RDH and her husband have started Side Effect Support, LLC based out of Manitowoc, WI. This business has a plethora of oral health information and products for patients going through cancer treatments. As Jill states, “Oral health can play a major role in the comfort and quality-of-life of oncology patients, yet it is often an overlooked aspect of their care. Diseases and infections in the mouth can complicate, delay or affect the ability to complete treatments.”
We are fortunate to have this type of resource to share with our patients. Please visit their website and “Like” their Facebook page to keep up with all of the information they will be sharing!
Congrats to Jill and her husband for making this happen!
Check out this video clip regarding oral cancer detection using only a drop of saliva. This will be an amazing tool for dentists when it becomes available.
Check out this recent article relating HPV and throat cancer. Researchers believe that the human papillomavirus (HPV) could potentially cause more cases of throat cancer than cervical cancer by 2020.
Technology is constantly evolving in the medical field where less-invasive procedures and tests are being used to get infomation at a much faster rate. A great example of this is the use of saliva tests in the dental office to screen for gum disease and oral cancer (HPV).
Be sure to check out this article for more information on these tests.
A new study recently found that half of men in America may be infected with HPV (human papillomavirus). This virus goes undetected and can get passed from person to person through sexual contact. An estimated 75% to 80% of men and women will be affected by HPV in their lifetime. Although the virus clears on its own in 90% of the people who obtain it, certain types have been linked to cause cervical cancer in women and evidence now shows that two-thirds of the cancers of the tongue and tonsils are caused by HPV. Studies also show that 32,000 new cancer cases in the U.S. are caused by HPV and a growing number of these cases are men diagnosed with head and neck cancer.
HPV has been a hot topic over the last few years as the vaccination, GARDASIL, has been debated. GARDASIL is the only vaccine that helps protect against four types of HPV. The four most harmful strands are 6, 11, 16 and 18 which can cause diseases in both females and males. Although the series of vaccines were originally intended for young females, the vaccine is now FDA approved for males as well.
To get more information on HPV and GARDASIL, please visit www.hpvinfo.com.