According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 37,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer each year. Approximately 8,000 of these diagnoses result in death.
Our team is trained to recognize mouth cancer symptoms and pre-cancerous conditions. During your oral cancer screening, one of our dentists will examine your mouth, as well as feel oral and neck tissues to detect abnormalities. If we find an area of concern, we may refer you to a specialist for further examination.
Oral cancer symptoms include:
- Red or white patches in mouth
- Bleeding sores in mouth
- Pain or difficulty while swallowing
- Difficulty chewing
- Hoarse voice or chronic sore throat
The best way to prevent oral cancer is to avoid tobacco products, drink alcohol in moderation, and eat healthy. If you spend a lot of time outside, we recommend always using sun protection on your lips. It’s important to discuss your risk factors with one of our dentists so they can make sure you get your routine oral cancer screening.