Information about Oral Cancer

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What is oral cancer?

Oral Cancer is defined by an uncontrollable growth of cells that attack the body and cause damage to tissue surrounding it. People over the age of 45 are more susceptible to this disease, but if it is caught early enough it can be treated successfully. Oral cancer may not be one that is most talked about, it is just as deadly as any other type of cancer. In fact, oral cancer alone is estimated to be responsible for killing one person every hour of every day in the United States. Although it only accounts for a small percentage of all cancers, it is extremely dangerous. This is due to the inability to detect it early on, usually reaching an advanced stage before being detected. Once it has reached this stage, it is typical that 6 in 10 people will survive after five years of treatment.

Symptoms of Oral Cancer:

  • Bleeding in the mouth
  • Development of red and white patches in the mouth
  • Swelling of lips, gums or other areas inside the mouth
  • Lumps or bumps inside the mouth
  • Rough spots inside the mouth
  • Numbness or loss of feeling
  • Pain/tenderness in the face, neck or mouth
  • Persistent bleeding sores
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Dramatic weight loss

Possible ways to Prevent Oral Cancers:

  • Biopsy of growth
  • Eat healthy fruits and vegetables
  • Cut down on alcohol
  • Keep up with dentist visits
  • Constantly check your mouth
  • Don't smoke
  • Brush teeth at least 3 times a day
  • Constantly floss teeth
  • Get vaccinated for HPV
  • Use lip sun protection

Why is it important to get an Oral Cancer screening?

Oral Cancer is defined by an uncontrollable growth of cells that attack the body and cause damage to tissue surrounding it. It is important that people get checked which is why we provide an oral cancer screening at our offices. Our trained professionals will use this screening to help detect whether you're likely a carrier of the disease. With this examination available, the survival rate for Oral Cancer has been shown to increase to 80% or better; truly saving lives. An oral cancer screening should be part of your regular dental checkups. It is a fast and painless examination, with the objective of identifying any small changes in the lining tissues of the mouth, lips, and tongue.

Reasons to get an Oral Cancer Screening:

  • It can save your life
  • Oral cancer screenings are are affordable
  • If oral cancer is in your family, you're more at risk
  • If you're a smoker
  • If you're over the age of 45

Potential Causes of Oral Cancer:

  • Gum Disease
  • Untreated Infection
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Use of tobacco products

Possible Treatments for Oral Cancer:

  • Surgery
  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Adjunctive therapy



Treatment options for oral cancer include, but are not limited to:

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