Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer affects nearly 35,000 Americans every year. The keys to surviving oral cancer are early detection and early treatment. This starts with a regular oral cancer screening – at least once every six months. An oral cancer screening takes just minutes, is pain-free and can be performed during regular dental exams. If you are male, a regular oral cancer screening is especially critical: Oral cancer is more than twice as common in men as it is in women. Other people at high risk of oral cancer include people over the age of 60, tobacco smokers and heavy drinkers.
Oral Cancer – The Importance of Early Detection
According to the American Dental Association, there is recent good news about progress against
cancer. It is now easier than ever to detect oral cancer early, when the opportunity for a cure is
great. Currently only half of all patients diagnosed with oral cancer survive more than five years.
Our practice has the skills and tools to ensure that early signs of cancer and pre-cancerous
conditions are identified. We can help you fight and win the battle against oral cancer. Know
the early signs and see your dentist regularly.
You should know:
• Oral cancer often starts as a tiny, unnoticed white or red spot or sore anywhere in the
• It can affect any area of the oral cavity including the lips, gum tissue, cheek lining,
Tongue and the hard or soft palate.
Other signs include:
• A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal
• A color change of the oral tissues
• A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area
• Pain, tenderness, or numbness in the mouth or on the lips
• Difficulty chewing, swallowing or moving the jaw or tongue
• A change in the way the teeth fit together
Regular Dental Check-ups Important
Regular dental check-ups, including an examination of the entire mouth, are essential in the
early detection of cancerous and pre-cancerous conditions. You may have a very small, but
dangerous, oral spot or sore and not be aware of it.
Request an appointment or call our office to schedule a personal consultation during your next visit.