Oral Cancer Screening: Don’t Be Caught Off Guard
It’s very common to hear about lung cancer and breast cancer in your day to day life, but something that often gets overlooked is oral cancer. This year alone, nearly 50,000 people will be diagnosed with this disease, and unfortunately, many of them will not survive the next 5 years because it was caught too late to be successfully treated. Oral cancer is very treatable in its early stages, so in order to protect you and your family, Dr. Chris and Dr. Clair Haag will always perform an oral cancer screening as part of your regular checkup.
Why an Oral Cancer Screening Is So Important
The rates of oral cancer are on the rise in the US, and this is true even for people who don’t participate in behaviors that have been shown to cause it, such as tobacco use or excessive alcohol consumption. In fact, nearly a quarter of all patients diagnosed with the disease don’t smoke or drink regularly.
Basically, it can strike just about anyone, and this is why it is so important to be screened at least once a year. It gives our doctors the chance to catch the disease early when there is an extremely high likelihood of survival. At Pioneer Greens Dentistry, we will include a screening as part of your regular checkup, and if we find anything that causes concern, we can advise you on how to take quick and appropriate action.
How an Oral Cancer Screening Works
When performing an oral cancer screening, your doctor will examine your lips, gums, tongue, cheeks, neck, and throat for any signs of the disease. This will consist of both a visual exam as well as a tactile one. They’ll look for any suspicious growths or sores in your mouth, as well as look to see if you have any particular asymmetry in your face. They’ll also gently palpate your neck and the area surrounding it to feel for any potential growths. The entire process only takes a few minutes and is completely painless. It’s one of the quickest, simplest, and most effective ways to protect your overall health, and since it’ll be part of your regular preventive checkup, you won’t even have to make a special appointment for it.
If we find something that indicates that you might have cancer, we can arrange for a biopsy of the area to be taken, and we will guide you through the entire process so that you know exactly what to do if you require treatment.
Have Any Questions?
With regular screenings, we can make sure oral cancer never harms you or your family. If it’s been a long time since your last screening or dental checkup, be sure to schedule one today. It only takes a few minutes, and it could be the few minutes that saves your life. To learn more about how an oral cancer screening works, please contact us today.