Last year in America 100,000 people were diagnosed with cancers of the head and neck, 14,000 of which died. DeFatta ENT and Facial Plastic Surgery in Altoona is holding free oral, head and neck cancer screenings Thursday, April 12.
April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Smoking, alcohol, and tobacco use are still major risk factors for developing oral cancer, but the fastest growing segment of oral cancer patients seem to be young, healthy, nonsmoking individuals.
Dr. Robert DeFatta of DeFatta ENT and Facial Plastic Surgery explains why we are seeing younger otherwise healthy individuals being diagnosed with oral cancer, who should be screened for oral cancer, and what the screening entails.
It’s also the first thing other people learn of you, that all-important first impression. When you’re talking quality of life, it’s essential to keep this integral yet fragile vessel “up and running” and functioning at full capacity. The head and neck are central to a dizzying assortment of health issues — like vertigo, thyroid disease, sleep apnea, tongue and mouth cancer, earaches, allergies, hearing loss, smelling, tasting, and both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.
Today Interview: Treating Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea affects millions of Americans and now a new treatment option uses robotic surgery. Dr. Robert DeFatta has performed the first base of tongue resection for the treatment of sleep apnea using the da Vinci robot in Wisconsin.