Did you know oral cancer accounts of 30 percent of all the cancer cases? Furthermore, it affects over 50,000 adults every year, with one person succumbing to its effects every 24 hours. Fortunately, most of the cancer cases can be prevented with early oral cancer screening.
Oral cancer is an uncontrolled cell growth that invades the tissues and affects the gums, lips, palate, and mouth. Although cancer has no symptoms in the early stages, there are warning signs that you need to note. The problem is these signs mimic other dental issues, and it may be challenging to differentiate them.
Getting an oral cancer screening often, especially if you have risk factors, is the best way of detecting lesions.
Contact our dentist for an assessment and screening if you have one or multiple of these mouth cancer symptoms.
Q. Who is At Risk of Developing Oral Cancer?
According to the American Oral Cancer Society, men above 50 years are more at risk than women, but anyone can be affected. Other oral cancer risk factors include:
These are risk factors that influence the chances of developing oral cancer. However, it is worth noting you can still develop oral cancer without the risk factors. That is why it important to visit your dentist bi-annually for an assessment and proper diagnosis.
Q. What to Expect During Your Oral Cancer Screening?
Mouth cancer screening involves both physical and visual screening. The dentist will examine your lips, gums, and mouth to check for any abnormalities or sores. The visual tests are done using imaging testing tools to examine any lacerations.
If there is any abnormal cell growth, the dentist may recommend a biopsy for further diagnosing. This test involves extracting a small piece of the skin from the affected area for proper examination.
If oral cancer is detected, the dentist may perform other tests to determine the extent of cancer.
Q. What Forms of Oral Cancer Treatment Are Used?
The treatment will depend on the cancer location, stage, and overall health. The dentist may use one or a combination of these cancer treatments.
At Pleasure Dental, we perform an oral cancer screening during your routine dental checkup. Visit our dental clinic to learn more about oral cancer screening, how it is done, and its risks.