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Oral Cancer is Extremely Dangerous and Must be Diagnosed Early

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, about 50,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral oropharyngeal cancer this year and about 10,000 will lose their lives to it.

We aren't here to scare you but of the mentioned 50,000 people above only a little above 1/2 will be alive in 5 years.  The point we are making here is that it is a very serious situation and your dentist is the right person to catch an ever so important early diagnosis that you may need.  Please see your dentist regularly for an oral cancer screening.

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What About Smokeless Tobacco?

Stated by the Oral Cancer Foundation, "links to young men and women who use conventional “smokeless” chewing or spit tobacco. Promoted by some as a safer alternative to smoking, it has in actuality not proven to be any safer to those who use it when referring to oral cancers."

What Happens During An Exam?

During an oral cancer exam, your doctor will:
  • Exam of the tongue and insides of your mouth to check for red or white patches or sores
  • Feel the tissues of the mouth to check for lumps or other abnormalities
  • Order further testing on abnormalities

Is Oral Cancer That Common?

"The death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of cancers which we hear about routinely such as cervical cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, laryngeal cancer, cancer of the testes, and endocrine system cancers such as thyroid," according to the Oral Cancer Foundation.

What Should I Know About My Exam?

What can I expect during the exam?

Benign conditions of the oral cavity can often mimic precancerous or cancerous lesions. Oral cancer screenings should be performed at least once per year, and more often if you are at an elevated risk of developing oral cancer. Your doctor may perform a number of tests or exams to determine the cause of any symptoms that you are experiencing and to diagnose the disease. Typically, a visual screening is first conducted to identify any abnormal areas. Intraoral pictures are often taken to help document the appearance of the lesion on that specific date. A biopsy or tissue removal is usually the best way to determine a diagnosis, as the sample is sent to a pathology laboratory for analysis.

How will I be treated?

Treatments vary depending on the type of disease that is present. The specific needs of each patient will be addressed on a case by case basis in order to achieve the best results. Some treatments involve the excision of a lesion, while others may require involvement of other specialists, such as an oral surgeon or ear, nose and throat practitioner. Our office is dedicated to making any procedure performed as comfortable as possible.

Self-Oral Cancer Exams

It is a good idea to become familiar with the structures in your mouth so that you may be able to identify any areas that do not seem normal. Conducting periodic self-oral cancer screenings between dental exams can potentially help to diagnose areas of concern in the early stages of growth. Many forms of oral cancer are successfully treated when detected and diagnosed early.

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