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Early Screenings for Oral Cancer

November 9th, 2015

Early Screenings for Oral Cancer

We are concerned about your health.  We include, at no additional expense, an enhanced oral cancer screening with the VELscope system.

Oral Cancer
Oral cancer is cancerous tissue that develops anywhere in the mouth and is actually part of a group of cancers called throat and neck cancers.

Risk Factors for Oral Cancer
Sometimes there is no explanation as to why one person gets oral cancer and another does not, however below you will find factors that significantly increase your risk of oral cancer:

  • Tobacco and Alcohol: The majority of cases of oral cancer are related to tobacco and alcohol use. Approximately 90% of people with mouth cancer are tobacco users. Smokers are 6 times more likely than nonsmokers to develop mouth cancer. Those who drink alcohol are also 6 times more likely than those that don’t drink to develop mouth cancer. Those that smoke and drink are 15 times more likely to develop mouth cancer.
  • Sun Exposure: Exposure to the sun can give you lip cancer, although the use of sunscreens and hats with a brim are helpful in prevention. Smoking can also increase your chances of lip cancer.
  • History of throat or neck cancer: People who have had another form of throat or neck cancer are more likely to develop a second cancer in the region.
  • HPV (Human Papilloma Virus): The most sexually transmitted virus in the US is now one of the primary risk factors.

Importance of Early Detection
Mouth cancers have a higher percentage of deaths per number of cases than breast cancer, melanoma and cervical cancer. Overall survival rate is 50%, but survival rates within stage 1 oral cancer are 90%, thus early detection is important. Make sure you visit us regularly for check ups, especially if you have any of the risk factors.

We Will Be A Toys For Tots Drop Location

November 9th, 2015

toys for tots

As soon as the boxes arrive, we will again be collecting toys for Toys For Tots!  Look for the box at the front door.

Tony Markiewicz

We Are Always Working To Improve Your Experience

November 9th, 2015

We work diligently  to make all your experiences with our office as pleasant and efficient as possible.  Obviously, that includes your experience while in our office.  It also includes how we communicate with you when you are not in our office.  Phone calls, emails, texts, and our web and social media presence are  all very important.  We are constantly evaluating systems to improve our communications with our patients, while keeping the communications HIPAA compliant.

Ten years ago, we were early adopters of using a Patient Communication Management System.  Now that these systems have become more widely utilized, we have some additional choices.  We are excited to announce that we have been able to upgrade to a new Patient Communication Management System.  Watch for some exciting enhancements coming soon.  We begin testing Health History Updates on a tablet this week.

We are also excited to announce a new website is under development.  Same address, www.amdds.com, but a new look and additional content.  We think you will like it!

I look forward to hearing your comments.

off the mark cartoons comic panel

Tony Markiewicz

Its Fall and I Have Been Doing Some Running

November 9th, 2015

Its fall and I have been doing some running.   Not as fast as I would like, but having some great fun!

In September, my daughter Lisa organized the First Annual Brain Aneurysm Foundation 5K in Des Moines, IA.  It was a fun event that raised over $3000.00 for Brain Aneurysm research.  Lisa even made it on local television.desmoines group lisa


Lisa made the 10 O’Clock news

Next came the Chicago Marathon.  I it ran with my son David and about 120 other members of the Crossroads Runners.  Monies raised by the Crossroads Runners fund ministries that are helping to eradicate poverty in Chicago.

chicago group

Pre-race photo at team headquarters;  Buddy Guys


Then twenty-three of us went and ran the Dublin Marathon and some of us made the Dublin Marathon Home Page!


On our way to the start!

dublin marathon

Post race party at Tonners Pub in Dublin

We were able to tour Ireland after the Marathon with a great group of people.  I was encouraged to pose for this picture at the Cliffs of Mohr!

dublin group


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