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Oral Cancer Awareness Month Find Out If You Are At Risk

Posted on 12/5/2022 by Fern Creek Dentistry
Oral Cancer Awareness Month Find Out If You Are At RiskDentists and other healthcare professionals have made strides in preventing and treating oral cancer, but this disease still continues to claim many lives. The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) reports that roughly about 50,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with oral cancer annually, with 9,000 dying from the disease. The mortality rate is not because it is difficult to diagnose oral cancer, but because cancer tends to be detected late in its development. April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month and we all can take actions and measures to stop this horrifying disease before it claims more lives.

The Risk Factors

Oral cancer can develop in any person – whether you are in your 20's or 40's. However, some factors tend to increase the odds of developing oral cancer and they include; smoking and chewing tobacco, poor oral hygiene, excessive drinking, poor diet, exposure to Human papillomavirus, and physical trauma.

Recognizing the Symptoms

People need to perform self-examination at least every month to help catch any signs of the disease before it worsens. Using a bright light along with a mirror, you can check your tongue, cheeks, and the inside of the lips as well as gums. Look for signs such as sores that bleed easily, white or red patches, chronic sore throat, difficulty swallowing, a mass or lump within your neck, and abnormal lumps.

Go for Screening

It is paramount that you get regular oral cancer screenings to detect the disease in its early stages. The screenings can be done during routine checkups and cleanings, which you should pursue at least twice a year. Request an appointment today for a dental checkup and oral cancer screening. If you have any signs of the disease, visit our dental office right away for diagnosis and examination. You cannot take any chances with oral cancer.
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