The Wonders Of Planning Technology

While there are still plenty of diseases that we do not how to cure, medical science has now made it so that we may not even figure out how to cure them. The intricate techniques aimed at evading death and prolonging life, along with pharmaceutical technology are now so good that you can live with a disease that is technically terminal and be fine for up to 25 years after you are diagnosed with it. To think that just a few centuries ago that was a lifespan and of itself means we are on the right track. 

Oral Cancer

The recent decline in smoking has seen a drop in many forms of cancer, but a rise in oropharyngeal cancers, which is strange. After some time, it turns out that HPV triggers immune responses that can all too often lead to the development of cancers, and it turns out that many foods and of course BPA, which leaches from various kinds of plastics also causes the development of oropharyngeal cancer. There is not much that can be done to reverse the cancers, and we cannot stop cell mutation and abnormal cell growth (although scientists are also working on this as well), but what can be done, if the tumor is found in time is surgery. 

Planning Technology

We now live in a world where surgeons can prepare themselves for a surgery incredibly accurately. There is 3D digital imaging, meaning a machine can scan you, in 3D and enter you into a computer. This way, reconstruction of extensive parts of your bone and soft tissue is possible, and prostheses can be very accurately planned. This way, you need not die of cancer if it is found out in time, as a tumor can be removed, and a substitute planned, regardless of where the tumor itself occurred. The doctor just needs to scan you, enter in the data, and find out what has to be done to save your life. This usually takes a couple of days, and then, you can be prepared for your surgery.

The Important Part

The most important thing is, of course, to be in touch with your doctor often enough that they can spot a problem when it arises. This means that your six month check up is absolutely indispensable, especially if your family has a history of cancer, if you smoke, drink alcohol or live a stressful lifestyle, or are simply a male between the ages of 25 and 60 (the prime vectors for oropharyngeal cancer). With these check ups, if anything is wrong, it will be discovered immediately, and something can be done about it. But the dentist needs to know, needs to see in order to be able to do anything about it.