Oral Cancer Screening
Did you know almost 42,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral and throat cancers this year? The 5 year survival rate of those diagnosed is only slightly more than 64 percent . When oral cancer is detected and treated early, treatment related health problems are greatly reduced .
An oral cancer screening is an examination performed by your dentist or hygienist to look for signs of cancer or precancerous conditions in your mouth. Most dentist/hygienist perform an examination of your mouth during a routine dental visit. Sometimes dentist/hygienist may use additional testing aids to help with identifying abnormalities/ cancer early.
Symptoms of Oral or Throat Cancer
- A sore throat or irritation that doesn’t go away
- Red and/or white patches anywhere in the oral cavity
- Pain, tenderness or numbness in the mouth or the lips
- A lump, thickening, a rough spot, crust or a small eroded area that will not go
- Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving your tongue or jaw
- A change in the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth
People with High Risks Factor for Oral Cancer
- Tobacco use of any kind, including cigarette, pipes, chewing tobacco and snuff,
- Heavy alcohol use or using mouthwash many times daily
- Previous cancer diagnosis
- History of significant sun exposure, which increases the risk of lip cancer
- Having a history of HPV or sexually active
When calling Dr. Anderson’s office to make an appointment request an oral cancer screening with every dental cleaning. It may save your life.