We realize the subject matter of this article is of adult content; HOWEVER we feel this is a very important article to share with our patients.
This is a perfect example of why the Oral Cancer Screening has become a crucial part of Dr. Holleron’s routine exam.
Dr. Holleron has always provided a basic oral cancer screening as part of his exam. As a result of the increased risk of HPV, he has started doing a more thorough screening in our office on all of our patients aged 21 and over, once a year at their hygiene appointment.
Michael Douglas’ story is not uncommon and is one reason oral cancer screenings are no longer just for tobacco users.
One comment that really stuck out to us is the following:
“Douglas has said several specialists missed his cancer and gave him antibiotics to treat ongoing oral discomfort.
Finally a friends’ doctor in Montreal whipped out a tongue depressor, took one look inside the actor’s mouth and saw trouble.
‘I will always remember the look on his face,’ Douglas has said.
‘He said, ‘We need a biopsy.’ There was a walnut-sized tumor at the base of my tongue that no other doctor had seen.’”
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