Oral Cancer

May 14, 2014Identafi Oral Cancer Screening

Did you know that visiting your dentist could actually save your life?

During your continuous care appointment, you should ask your dentist to perform a normal oral cancer screening. This involves checking your tongue and cheek, the most common locations for cancer symptoms, as well as other areas of the mouth. Such symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • A sore or discoloration lasting more than two weeks (it may look like a typical canker sore)
  • A lump, swelling, or mass inside the mouth or neck
  • White or red patches in the mouth
  • Pain or difficulty swallowing, talking, or chewing
  • Persistent hoarseness
  • Pain in one ear
  • Numbness around the mouth

However, oral cancer often has no noticeable symptoms.

At Advanced DDS, we urge our patients to get an enhanced oral cancer screening. Our Indentafi system detects symptoms that are invisible to the naked eye. For an additional fee, you will get a much more thorough screening. The Identafi system can help detect oral cancer even if you don’t have any noticeable symptoms.

People at high risk for oral cancer are smokers, heavy drinkers, those with HPV infections, and those over 40. If any of these describe you, or you have any of the above mentioned symptoms, you should visit your dentist and request an oral cancer screening.

It is extremely important to visit your dentist regularly, because early detection of oral cancer is crucial. Over 40,000 Americans are diagnosed with an oral cancer each year; only 57% of these people will survive after five years. Oral cancer is the sixth most common type of cancer, but it has the highest death rate because often times it is not detected early enough. However, oral cancer is highly treatable if caught early, so be sure to visit your dentist regularly and if possible get an enhanced screening using an Identafi system.

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