Comprehensive Oral Cancer Checks
Every hour, one adult in the United States loses their life to oral cancer. However, when oral cancers are detected in the early stages, treatment can be initiated promptly, leading to higher success rates and less invasive procedures. On the other hand, advanced stages of oral cancer often require more complex treatments due to the likelihood of spreading to other areas. Dr. Samuel strongly advises undergoing an oral cancer screening at least once a year to ensure early detection of any potential abnormalities.
During your comprehensive oral cancer screening, Dr. Samuel will conduct a thorough examination of your mouth, throat, lips, gums, and tongue. Any potential symptoms you have experienced will be carefully noted, including:
If you have been experiencing any of these symptoms for more than a week without improvement, we urge you to contact our office immediately for an appointment.
While anyone can develop oral cancer, there are certain factors that can increase your risk.
- Pain or difficulty with speaking, swallowing, or jaw and tongue movement
- Feeling of something stuck in the back of your throat
- Persistent sore throat without sinus-related symptoms
- Swellings or lumps in or around the mouth
- Significant and unexplained weight loss
- White or red patches in the mouth
- Non-healing mouth sores
- Unexplained ear pain
- Unexplained bleeding in the mouth
These include being male (men are more prone to oral cancer), tobacco use in any form (which increases the risk sixfold), genetic predisposition, excessive or prolonged sun exposure, an unhealthy diet, excessive alcohol consumption, and gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Don’t overlook the importance of regular oral cancer screenings. By detecting oral cancers at an early stage, we can provide you with the necessary care and increase the chances of successful treatment. To learn more about oral cancer screenings or to schedule an appointment, please reach out to Advanced Periodontics and Dental Implants. Your oral health is our top priority.