Do You Need an Oral Cancer Exam?
One of the biggest dangers of oral cancer is that it can grow before you notice any signs. The American Cancer Association reports over 50,000 cases of oral cancer every year, and nearly 20% of people diagnosed do not survive.
Regular oral cancer exams by a dentist will catch subtle diagnostic signs and help identify oral cancer. The earlier you identify oral cancer, the easier it is to treat.
The dentists at McDonogh Dental
Associates will perform an oral cancer exam as part of your routine check-up and recare appointment.
Should I Consider an Oral Cancer Exam?
Three out of four cases of oral cancer involve specific behaviors, including tobacco use and alcohol abuse. However, oral cancer can develop without either of these risk factors. Oral cancer is often painless. The following warning signs can indicate a possibility of oral cancer:
- Red patches or red sores on the front or sides of the tongue and soft tissue which don’t heal
- Leukoplakia, or white lesions in the mouth which don’t heal
- Sore or thick lumps in the throat or mouth
An oral cancer exam is non-invasive and painless, leaving no reason not to have one. We strongly recommend consulting your dentist for an oral cancer exam if you observe any unusual symptoms like these.