While it is one of the more treatable cancers, oral cancer goes undetected in thousands of people annually due to a lack of screening. Around 20% of the general population undergoes cancer screenings at their dentist’s office. Usually, oral cancers are not discovered until they have already reached the later stages of development. This makes the mortality rate for these types of cancers higher than necessary.
Oral cancers often go unrecognized in their early stages because they do not produce pain or symptoms that would signal there is a problem. The majority of oral cancers are squamous cell carcinomas. While you may not be able to identify a problem, the team of dental experts at Midgette Family Dentistry knows exactly for what to look.
When you have a comprehensive oral exam with us, we screen for oral cancers. This painless general dentistry procedure only takes a few minutes; however, it could save your life.
Identify Mouth Cancer Early
Oral cancers are not as well publicized as other cancers such as breast cancer or skin cancer, yet every hour, 24 hours a day, roughly one person dies from oral cancer. This is not because the cancer is difficult to detect or diagnose. Most oral cancers are detectable in the early stages. Unfortunately, early screening is not the rule. Many cases are not discovered until cancer has spread to another part of the body.
Any lesions in the mouth or red or white patches that do not heal within two weeks should be examined. Cancers can start out appearing like canker sores. Any lumps or nodules around your tongue neck or cheeks should also be examined.
Your oral health is of the utmost importance. Our dental team has the expertise to accurately discover the early onset of oral cancers. At Midgette Family Dentistry, we take oral cancer seriously and we screen each patient regularly. You will be among the 20% who has regular cancer screenings when you become a patient at Midgette Family Dentistry. Contact us today for your oral cancer screening.