Posted on 2/15/2018 by Canyon Oral and Facial Surgery
You may be surprised to find that the death rate for oral cancer is much higher than the death rate for commonly known cancer conditions such as skin cancer or cervical cancer.
The reason behind the increased death rate is that fact that individuals are not screened for oral cancer like they should be.
Oral cancer symptoms do not appear until the cancer has already spread. Without a regular screening, you may find that you suffer from a form of oral cancer and be at risk for longer treatment times or even death.
Early Signs of Oral Cancer
There are early warning signs of oral cancer that can be triggers to let you know that a screening is needed. Difficulty swallowing or chewing, dry patches in the throat, numbness, pain or swelling of the throat, difficulty moving your tongue, etc.
However, these signs will not show up until after the cancer has spread. This is why it is so essential to be screened on a regular basis to ensure that any signs are caught early and treatment can begin as soon as possible.
How Often Should Screenings be Scheduled?
On average, it is recommended that adults be screened for oral cancer at least once a year. Even every routine visit for cleaning or checkup could include a screening if you so choose.
Risk factors involved with oral cancer include tobacco use and excessive drinking of alcohol. If you do either, then screenings might need to be increase above the yearly checkup.
Oral cancer is a serious condition and any symptoms of the mouth should not be ignored. Be sure to schedule regular screenings as early as twenty years of age to keep a check on your oral health. Contact us today to set up a screening to ensure that you are cancer free.