Oral cancer can be dangerous, but it can also be treated. Over 53,000 cases of oral cancer are reported every year, so at DentalMed Associates, we take this very seriously and offer thorough oral cancer screenings to our patients.
When you see us for a routine oral cancer screening, we examine your mouth in search of any abnormalities, such as sores and red or white patches. We will also check for any lumps in your mouth or throat.
If anything concerning is discovered, we will either recommend that you return for a follow-up or perform a biopsy procedure to test the area in question for cancer.
Knowing the common symptoms of oral cancer can make a major difference in identifying the problem as soon as possible. The earlier you start treatment, the better. Here are some things to look out for:
A lump, sore, or patch in your mouth, throat, or lips
Jaw swelling or difficulty moving your jaw
Difficulty swallowing, chewing, or speaking
Pain in the ear or generalized pain
Chances for oral cancer will increase after age 40 and men are more than twice as likely to suffer from it than women. While these are both natural factors that can lead to cancer, there are also other things in your life that can contribute to the possibility as well. These include:
Tobacco (smoking or smokeless tobacco)
Excessive sun exposure
HPV (Human Papillomavirus)
Are you experiencing symptoms of oral cancer? It’s best to act as quickly as possible so that you can be treated properly. Even if you don’t have symptoms, it’s recommended to come in for an examination, especially if you fall into the higher risk categories. Contact us to schedule an appointment today! An early oral cancer screening will definitely save lives.