Who Needs Oral Cancer Screenings?
We often hear a lot about cancer and the lives it takes from us, but one cancer that rarely receives any attention is oral cancer. Did you know that oral cancer claims a life every single hour in the United States? That means today alone, 24 people will die due to oral cancer. Around 50% of patients diagnosed with oral cancer also only five years. Due to these startling statistics, the Oral Cancer Foundation conducted extensive research on how exactly to save the lives of patients with oral cancer. Early diagnosis and treatment was the best way for these patients to increase their rates of survival. Wondering what signs to look out for?
- New bumps or lumps in/on your mouth.
- Changes in the texture of your oral tissue.
- Discolored tissue in the mouth.
- Having a chronic sore throat or loss of voice.
- Swollen lymph nodes.
What Are The Risk Factors of Oral Cancer?
Did you know that tobacco isn’t the only thing that can cause cancer? It’s actually one of the few things that can increase your risk. Other risk factors of oral cancer include:
- Immune Disorders
- Sun Exposure
About Oral Cancer Screenings
During an oral cancer screening your dentist will use specialized tools, experience and knowledge to examine your entire oral health. Both a visual and physical examination is performed, allowing them to check for any changes or risk factors. In the event anything suspicious is found, we’d be happy to refer you to a specialist who can create a treatment plan for you.
Schedule Your Oral Cancer Screening in Katy
When is the last time you had an oral cancer screening? Schedule yours with Dr. Teeth Dental Care in Katy, TX today.