The Need For Oral Cancer Examinations
Hearing the words “you” and “have cancer” is never a time in someone’s life which makes them want to jump for joy. Unfortunately, the risks of various types of cancer are increasing. In fact, according to the American Cancer Society more than 30,000 cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year and over 7,000 of those cases result in the patient’s death. With such a high number of oral cancer cases, do you think it’s worth it to get checked out? Today, our dentist in OKC will provide you with some information to help you make that determination.
Our dentist in OKC recommends paying attention to the following are symptoms that if having lasted longer than 2 weeks, patients should have them looked at:
• Red patches anywhere in the mouth or on the tongue
• White or pink patches which fail to heal
• Sores that bleed easily
• Lesions or hardened white or gray areas (Leukoplakia) the appears anywhere in the mouth
• Lumps in the throat or mouth
Our dentist in OKC wants you to be aware that while the above listed items may not always be cancerous, there’s a good chance that they are or they can certainly lead to cancer and should be taken seriously. It is reported that about 75% of oral cancers are linked to behaviors such as smoking, other forms of tobacco use, and alcohol consumption. It’s highly important to cease use of toxic entities if you notice that you have any sores in the mouth that aren’t healing.
Seeing a dentist, such as our dentist in OKC, is usually the first step in the cancer screening process. As oral cancer can spread rapidly and happen to anyone, it is recommended to have a comprehensive oral cancer screening at least once each year. Once a determination is made about your screening, a more extensive plan and treatment options may be discussed.
To receive your screening and rule out the possibility that you may have oral cancer, please feel free to make an appointment with our family friendly dentist in OKC and the 2 surrounding Metro areas.