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What You Need to Know about Oral Cancer

While we don’t hear as much about oral cancer in the news, statistics show it is one of the most dangerous cancers with low survival rates. This is because it is not usually caught until it is well advanced and treatment options are limited.

Oral cancer happens when the DNA of squamous cells in your mouth changes and mutates. It often shows up as:

·        Patches, sores or rough spots on your lip or mouth that don’t heal

·        Lumps

·        Numbness

·        Earache

·        Difficulty swallowing

Survival rates improve dramatically, and treatment can be easier when it is diagnosed and treated early. We encourage you not to hesitate to contact us if you have a symptom that could be related. There is no such thing as being too careful.

Mouth cancer has been linked to:

·        Tobacco use of any kind

·        HPV – a sexually transmitted virus

·        Sun exposure to the lips

·        Heavy alcohol use

·        A weakened immune system

You can lower your chances of developing oral cancer by eliminating these.

Regular oral cancer exams by your dentist or hygienist are also important for catching the disease early. In our office, we screen for mouth cancers every time you have a general exam or get your teeth cleaned. We recommend these at least every 6 months and do not charge extra for them.

If you have any questions or concerns about oral cancer or something that is going on in your mouth, please give us a call. We are here to help.


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