It’s April and Oral Cancer Awareness Month
Lifepoint Dental Partners is excited to share Oral Cancer Awareness month with our patients. Oral cancer awareness is important to us because this disease claims the lives of people every hour of every day. We want to make a dent in that statistic by working with our patients to reduce those rates as oral cancer is treatable when discovered in the early stages. In fact, oral cancer awareness is so important to us, that we offer this screening at every dental checkup for our patients.
You may not know you have this disease in the early stage, because you may not notice any signs or symptoms initially. This is why our oral cancer screenings come into play, because we know what to look for and can detect this disease during a routine dental checkup. If you do notice any of these, please come in and have one of our dedicated dentists rule out oral cancer.
Symptoms May Include
- Persistent hoarseness
- Numbness in the face or oral region
- A persistent ear ache on one side
- A white or red patch in the mouth (or small ulcer) that lingers past two weeks
- A lump in the inside of the mouth or neck
- Pain when swallowing, speaking or chewing
In the past, people who were most at risk for oral cancer were those who tobacco or heavily consumed alcohol. Today, more young people are affected because of HPV (the human papillomavirus) which is a sexually transmitted disease.
If oral cancer goes undetected for too long, the survival rate among those who are diagnosed is low, with only a little above 50% surviving past five years from the diagnosis. This is why we want to provide oral cancer screenings–to catch the disease early when treatment can be effective. Thankfully, we can often see and feel the tissue changes in the early stages while it is still small.
If you have any concerns, or to schedule a visit with one of our Lifepoint Dental Partners, we invite you to call one of our locations nearest you today! Our dentists are happy to keep you smiling!