As Baby Boomers look for better ways to maintain their smiles, dental specialists are perfecting new technologies, such as dental implants, that look, feel and function like natural teeth. Dental implants are anchored in the jawbone as replacement roots and act as permanent teeth and can last for more than 30 years. The procedure is best performed by a prosthodontist, a dentist who has received special training. To find a prosthodontist, visit www.findaprosthodontist .com or contact the American College of Prosthodontists at 800-378-1260.
Although mammography is the gold standard, magnetic resonance has a growing role in improving breast cancer visualization and monitoring. Recent research with Siemens’ Magnetom MR system has shown that MR breast imaging is excellent in identifying and characterizing lesions. This clinically proven approach is non-invasive, radiation-free and serves as a valuable adjunct to improve the accuracy of an ambiguous mammogram. Women accustomed to the discomfort of a mammogram—in which the breast is compressed between two plates—are likely to prefer the non-invasive MR technique. For additional information, visit www.siemensmedical.com.
Each year in America, lung cancer claims the lives of more people than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined. For those interested in raising awareness, now there is Lung Cancer Champions—a resource offering ideas to get involved in community outreach efforts. This resource, available at www.lungcancer.org, provides a complete “how to” guide on increasing awareness.