Did you know that roughly 25% of oral cancer patients have no known risk factors to the disease? Or, that about 35,000 cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year?
Oral Cancer Screening is vital. Early detection can result in easier treatments and greater chances for a cure.
What is Oral Cancer?
Oral cancer, is cancer that occurs on the inside of the mouth in the form of a growth or sore that does not go away. Oral cancer includes cancers of the lips, tongue, cheeks, mouth floor, hard and soft palate, sinuses and pharynx. Any of these forms can be life threatening if not diagnosed early.
What are Symptoms of Oral Cancer?
– Unexplained bleeding within the mouth
– Swelling, lumps/bumps, rough spots within the mouth
– Soreness or feeling as if something is caught in your throat
– White, red or speckled patches in the mouth
– Unexplained numbness, pain, loss of feeling in the mouth or any area of the face or neck
– Ear Pain
– Change in the way your teeth or dentures fit together
– Dramatic weight loss
Who Can Get Oral Cancer?
– Smokers (6x more likely!)
– Those who consume excessive amounts of alcohol
– Family History of Cancer
– Excessive exposure to the sun
– Smokeless Tobacco Users
It is important to remember that 25% of all oral cancer occurs in people who do not have known risk factors.
How is Oral Cancer Diagnosed?
As part of your regular, routine dental exam, your dentist will conduct an oral cancer screening. This is where we will feel for any lumps or irregular changes in tissue in your neck, head, face and oral cavity. We will also check for any discoloured areas and soreness. If something is detected, a biopsy will determine the makeup of any questionable area!
How is Oral Cancer Treated?
Like any other cancer, oral cancer is treated with surgery to remove the growth. It is often followed by radiation and/or chemotherapy.
What Can I Do to Prevent Oral Cancer?
- Conduct Regular Self-Exams
- See your dentist regularly.
- Book an Oral Cancer Screening at Dentistry on 88
If you or a loved one are looking for more information regarding early detection, treatment or anything related to the matter, please call our office for more information.
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