Oral cancer screenings are part of an individual’s biannual exam at Modern Family Dental Care. It’s important for people to understand the signs and symptoms of oral cancer, as early detection leads to a better prognosis. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for oral cancer screening in Northlake, Davis Lake or Concord.
What causes oral cancer?
There are various oral cancer risk factors, which include tobacco use, heavy alcohol use, human papillomavirus and a weakened immune system. Symptoms of oral cancer include, but aren’t limited to, a sore that doesn’t heal or bleeds, thickening of the mouth’s lining, jaw pain, painful swallowing, sore throat and tongue pain. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and they persist for more than two weeks, contact Modern Family Dental Care for an evaluation.
Why is early diagnosis important?
Early diagnosis is important to a person’s oral cancer treatment plan. Oral cancer is typically in the late stages by the time symptoms become noticeable and a person seeks help from a medical professional. This poses a risk of the cancer spreading to other parts of the body. If you are at a high risk of developing oral cancer, consider doing an at-home self-check once a month. You can do this by checking in a mirror for any unusual patches or sores in your mouth and throat.
Better prognosis. Oral cancer that is diagnosed in its early stages have a more positive prognosis.
Less likelihood of cancer spreading. When oral cancer is diagnosed early it is unlikely that the cancer has spread to other parts of the body, which would make treatment more difficult.
Effective Treatment. Early detection of cancer increases the likelihood of successful treatment.
Why Modern Family Dental Care?
Modern Family Dental Care cares about your oral health. We use Velscope, an early detection device, that allows our professionals to see if anything is not normal before it is too late. We are here to answer any questions about oral cancer screenings. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for an oral cancer screening in Charlotte and Concord.
Oral Cancer FAQs
1) Who is most likely to be diagnosed with oral cancer?
Each year over 50,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer. Men are twice as likely as women to be diagnosed with oral cancer. The average age of diagnosis is 62, but oral cancer can occur in younger individuals.
2) Can I take steps to prevent oral cancer?
The American Cancer Society recommends annual oral cancer screenings for early detection. Oral cancer screenings are quick and painless.
3) What is oral cancer treatment like?
Most of the time, surgery is a necessary part of oral cancer treatment. Treatment may also include chemotherapy, radiation, occupational and physical therapy and pain management. It’s important to understand, however, that all cancer treatment is different based on individual cases.