Why is it important to get an Enhanced Oral Cancer Screening?

Did you know that more than 48,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year and it will kill roughly one person every hour? Of those 48,000 newly diagnosed patients, only 57% will be alive in 5 years. Oral cancer is an extremely dangerous disease because in its early stages it may not be noticeable to the patient.

Why is Oral Cancer Screening So Important?

Patients diagnosed with oral cancer at an early stage have an 80% to 90% survival rate.

What are the Symptoms of Oral Cancer?

To detect early signs of oral cancer, an oral cancer screening is required. However, there are a few common symptoms of oral cancer:

– A sore, lump, or irritation that does not go away

– Red or white patches in your mouth

– Pain, tenderness, or numbness in the mouth or lips

– Difficulty in swallowing, speaking, eating, or moving of the tongue or jaw

Who’s at a Higher Risk of Oral Cancer?

Researchers have identified several factors that contribute to the development of oral cancer. People that smoke, drink excessive alcohol, and are older than 50 are at a higher risk of developing oral cancer. In recent studies, patients with the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) have also been associated with developing oral cancer.

Where to Get an Oral Cancer Screening?

During your dental visit, our Dental Hygienist and Dentist will discuss with you about your health history and examine areas for signs of dental problems and oral cancer. At Advanced DDS, we offer our patient’s an Enhanced Oral Cancer Screening, a multi-spectral fluorescent and reflectance technology to enhance visualization of mucosal abnormalities that may not be apparent to the naked eye. This advanced technology allows our providers more visual information, improved results over direct visual exams alone, and increased confidence for recommended biopsies.

Call us today at 516-825-1100 to schedule your enhanced oral cancer screening today. We are conveniently located at 200 Garden City Plaza, Suite 101, Garden City, NY 11530 (across from Roosevelt Field Mall).

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