by Gail M. Curtis
I love my sister. I only have one. She’s the older by two years. Hence, she’s been at my side for as long as I’ve had memory and then some. I’m sixty. Oh, did I say, I love my sister.
My sister smokes cigarettes (now, several packs a day). My visual of her since college age is lighting up a Tarryton 100 and alternately gesturing elegantly and taking a long slow drag. A graduate of the 70’s textile industry two-hour client lunches, she’s always been able to put away a few drinks while doing so.
When we get together we have mega fun. Except the last time we spent together she complained of a small growth in her mouth. it became apparent that it interfered with her eating. Oh by the way, my sis loves good food. She seemed concerned. Now, so am I. Her risk factors for oral cancer are “textbook”.
The following information was provided by Dr. Haig Rickerby (my excellent cosmetic dentist located in Jersey City, NJ.) He is one of many dentists who now include and recommend a simple diagnostic test for oral cancer as a part of a first office visit. This is because, he says, “Oral cancer is easy to detect. And, in concert with the goals of the American Dental Association, I want people to realize that oral cancer is out there, that it's a big problem, and that if they have a suspicious condition in the mouth, they should see a dentist.”
Back to my point, I love my sister. I’m certain too that you have friends and relatives who are dear to you that smoke and drink. To you, the concerned bystander, I urge that you
keep the following points in mind and lovingly let them know that they may be at risk for oral cancer.
AT A GLANCE: Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer
Signs and symptoms that could indicate oral cancer include:
Dr. Haig Rickerby is an accredited general dentist with 20 years of experience in restoring, realigning and replacing teeth. His practice is located at:
One Journal Square Plaza
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Gail M. Curtis is the founder and principal of GMCurtis Marketing
Solutions, a consulting firm that provides strategic and effective
marketing solutions for business, organizations and entrepreneurs.
For more information on the services of GM Curtis Marketing Solutions, call Gail at 973-337-8191 or visit www.gmcurtis.com.