Oral cancer originates in the area of the mouth, and is characterized by the appearance of squamous cell carcinomas, also know as malignant cells. Oral cancer screening can potentially detect oral cancer in stages early enough to give a patient the best opportunity to obtain treatment before the cancer spreads, lessening the potential for successful treatment.
Although oral cancer doesn’t typically receive the same attention as others, like breast cancer, it is still one of the most dangerous classified cancers. Did you now that as many as 35,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer every year, and it is estimated that upwards of 25% die. The exceptionally high mortality rate is due to the fact that detection typically occurs too late after the cancer has started to spread and the body’s defense system is compromised.
If you skip multiple trips to the dentist, you could be putting your oral health at risk of gum disease and even cancer. That is why, our highly trained team here at Dental Art of Cherry Hills in Denver Colorado is happy to talk to you about the importance of oral cancer, so you can address it as soon as possible.
Oral cancer can appear on your gums, lips, cheeks, tongue, the floor or roof of your mouth, and even the throat. What many people may not comprehend is your six-month checkup includes a basic oral cancer screening, so you can get checked regularly and catch it early.
Symptoms of oral cancer can include tenderness, redness and irritation, red or white patches, pain, lumps in your mouth, difficulty chewing, and the way your teeth are aligned. Make A Dentist Appointment to discuss an oral cancer screening with your dentist as soon as possible.
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Call us today at 303-789-2020 to set up an appointment.