Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral Cancer Screenings

Most people never hear about the importance of oral cancer screenings, due to more widely known cancers and their exposure, but these exams can be extremely important for your health and well-being. Although oral cancer only affects a small percentage of people, it can be highly dangerous due to late detection and advanced stages upon discovery; in fact, only 60% of patients that learn of their oral cancer during the advanced stages survive long-term treatment.

Risk Factors for Oral Cancer

  • HPV
  • Advanced age
  • Long-term tobacco use
  • Moderate to heavy alcohol abuse
  • Genetics

Importance of Oral Cancer Screenings

Discovering oral cancer in its earliest stages can improve your survival rate up to 80% or more. For this reason, oral cancer screening is now common with routine dental examinations. It is fast, easy and comfortable and can be another important reason you should schedule routine dental examinations with our Katy, TX dental office.

Oral cancer screenings from our Houston clinic includes a visual assessment of the outside and inside of your mouth. Our dentist’s objective is to identify changes and abnormalities in your mouth, and on your tongueand lips. Cancer screening is primarilyperformedthrough sight and touch; your dentist will look for sores, or red or white patches, and may press tissues to search for lumps.

If anything appears out of the ordinary or you are showing positive signs of oral cancer, we will refer you to a specialist who will perform a biopsy and provide any necessary treatment.

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