When you think of early detection for your smile, the issues may come to your mind are tooth decay and gum disease. However, early detection is vitally important when it comes to oral cancer. Oral cancer is one of the most dangerous types of cancer. Fortunately though the disease can often be successfully treated when it is detected early and treated fast. Because it is deadly when left unnoticed or untreated, regular oral cancer screenings can be a way to notice issues before they progress. Using technology like advanced OralID™ early-detection system can help detect oral cancer early.
Oral Cancer Risk Factors
Oral cancer includes a number of more specific cancers that all affect your oral and throat tissues, including cancers of the mouth, esophagus, and more. While there is no known direct cause for any type of cancer, certain things have been proved to increase your risks of oral cancer. Lifestyle factors that include tobacco use (even smokeless tobacco) and excessive consumption of alcohol, can increase your risks of oral cancer. Men are at a higher risk, as are people over the age of 45. Prolonged sun exposure, HPV infection, poor nutrition, and a weakened immune system can all increase your risk of developing oral cancer.
Early Detection’s Importance
Oral cancer has one of the highest mortality rates of all forms of cancer at about 40-50%. However, it is one of the most treatable forms of cancer. When oral cancer is detected early enough for treatment, the survival rate is nearly 90% for those diagnosed. Your dentist or periodontist can perform a comprehensive screening for signs such as lumps, sores, blisters, discolored patches of oral tissues, swollen glands, and more that could indicate oral cancer. The advanced OralID™ early-detection technology uses fluorescent lighting to highlight tissue abnormalities. If you notice any changes in your own smile, it is important to mention them at your next visit.
Oral cancer is a dangerous form of cancer
When was your last oral cancer screening? To schedule a consultation at High Plains Periodontics, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 806-686-1262. Dr. Everett’s office serves the residents of Lubbock, TX, and surrounding West Texas communities.