Early DiagnosisLess than 20% of the general population are regularly screened for oral cancer. This is mostly due to the lack of public awareness. The screening takes less than five minutes. If a cancer is diagnosed in the initial stages of development, that five minutes could save your life. Successful treatment of the disease is contingent upon early diagnosis. Survival rates for those who have had the cancer identified early is between 80-90%.
Risk Factors for Oral CancersThere are certain factors that will raise the risk of getting an oral cancer. Tobacco use is one of the most common factors. Whether you chew it or smoke it, tobacco use considerably increases your risk of cancer. Alcohol consumption is another factor that can increase the risk. The same virus that is responsible for cervical cancer in females is also thought to raise the risk of oral cancer. This is known as the HPV-16 virus. There is a small group of people who have no identifiable cause for the disease. About 7% of oral cancer patients are thought to have a genetic predisposition to oral cancers.
The Oral Cancer ScreeningThe preliminary oral cancer screening usually does not require any extensive or invasive equipment. The dentist palpitates and inspects the soft tissues of the mouth, face and throat. This exam is to find any areas of swelling, lumps or abnormalities. This process can reveal any bumps or lumps in the cheeks, lips and throat that may not be readily visible. Any ulcerated areas are noted, along with red or white spots. Rough areas, growths and asymmetry are also noted. The screening takes just a few minutes of painless palpitation. Dr. Scott Babin and his team of dental professionals care about your oral health. Schedule an appointment with us to ensure that you have a proper oral cancer screening.
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