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Oral Hygiene and Dental Care
Visiting your Dentist or Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist?
- Your dentist and ENT specialist play a vital part in the early detection of Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC). HNSCC are a significant threat for people with FA, regardless of bone marrow transplantation status. Not only is the incidence of HNSCC considerably higher than in the general population (500-700 times higher), patients with FA present with these types of cancers at a younger age than those without FA – the median age is 27 years. Regular screenings are critically important. (Text courtesy of Fanconi Anemia Research Fund)
- FARF has prepared two helpful fact sheets about squamous cell carcinoma to share with your dentist and ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist. FARF recommend that you take a fact sheet with you to every dentist and ENT visit.
Oral hygiene is vitally important for those affected by FA.
- Useful Advice can be found in FARF Newsletter #54 in an article called Attention to Oral Health Especially Important for People with FA.
- With regard to choice of mouthwash, the oral surgeon and FA expert who spoke at an FA Adult Meeting in Portland in 2011 repeated the consistent advice we have heard for years. If you are affected by FA, do NOT use a mouthwash that contains alcohol, as the toxic consequences present an unacceptable risk”. See also Alcohol and FA page.
Mouth Care for Chemotherapy Patients.
- Advice from the MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas (2009): Oral Care for Cancer Patients.