Oral cancer kills one person every hour in the U.S. thankfully, new detection methods allow dentists to more easily detect oral cancer, and treat is early.
Early detection of oral cancer plays a major role in a patient’s chances of survival. In fact, early diagnosis improves a patient’s five year survival rate by 80-90%!
Risk Factors for Oral Cancer
- Frequent use of tobacco products
- Family history of cancer
- Alcohol consumption
While patients with these risk factors are more likely to develop oral cancer, it can affect anyone. We recommend that even low-risk patients come in for an oral cancer screening every year.
Common Symptoms of Oral Cancer Include:
Common symptoms of oral cancer include:
- Red or white spots or sores in the mouth
- A sore that bleeds easily or fails to heal properly
- A lump, thickening, or rough spot
- Pain, tenderness, or numbness in the mouth or on the lips
- Problems chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue
The Importance of Your Regular Oral Cancer Screening
Taking a few minutes to look for the signs of oral cancer once or twice a year can ultimately save your life. Early detection is the key to successful oral cancer treatment.
Schedule an Oral Cancer Screening in Anchorage or Wasilla, AK!
When is the last time you asked your dentist about oral cancer? We can complete your screening with in minutes as a part of your regular exam. To schedule your next oral cancer screening call us today!