Shiloh, AL Oral Cancer Screenings
Cancer of the mouth is one of the most common types of cancer. It can affect any part of the mouth, including the lips, gums, tongue, and roof of the mouth. Oral cancer is often first detected as a small sore or lump in the mouth. It is important to see a doctor if you have any persistent symptoms, such as a sore that does not heal or bleeding in the mouth.
Oral cancer is caused by exposure to certain risk factors. Most oral cancers are found in people over the age of 40, and the risk increases with age. Men are twice as likely as women to develop oral cancer. Smoking and heavy alcohol use are also major risk factors for developing oral cancer. People with a history of oral cancer are also at increased risk for developing the disease again.
Treatment for oral cancer depends on the stage of the disease. Early-stage oral cancers can be treated with surgery, radiation therapy, or a combination of both. More advanced stages may require additional treatments, such as chemotherapy or targeted therapy.
It’s important to get screened early on.
At the Dental Associates of Fyffe, we understand that the thought of oral cancer can be scary and intimidating, and that alone will make people hesitant to get their screening. You are in safe and expert hands.
During the examination, we will closely examine your mouth, throat, lips, gums, and tongue. Please let us know about any potential symptoms you have experienced, including:
– Pain or difficulty with speaking, swallowing, or moving your jaw or tongue
– A sensation that something is caught in the back of your throat
– Sore throat with no other sinus symptoms
– Lumps or swellings in or around your mouth
– Drastic weight loss
– White or red patches in your mouth
– Mouth sores that do not heal
– Unexplained ear pain
– Unexplained bleeding in your mouth.
Let us help you today!
Most people are aware of the dangers of cancer and the importance of early detection, but many do not realize that oral cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, approximately 48,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or oropharyngeal cancer this year, and almost 10,000 will die from the disease.
The good news is that oral cancer is highly curable when caught early. The five-year survival rate for those diagnosed in the earliest stage is 83 percent. However, the survival rate drops dramatically to just 34 percent for those diagnosed in the late stages.
If you are in Shiloh, don’t hesitate to call us if you think you may need a screening. We will be very thorough and give you a full diagnosis of what we find so that you have no questions. Give us a call today to see how we can help you with any uncertainties you may have. Our team of family dentists is ready to help you and make sure that all your worries are left at the door.