Oral cancer might not get as much attention as other types of cancer, but it’s a serious ailment. Each year, over 48,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer. Combined with an extremely low survival rate, oral cancer is a serious and often overlooked oral health condition. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, oral cancer causes over 9750 deaths annually, “killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day.”
At Watkins Dental Group, early and frequent oral cancer screenings help ensure our patients get the care they need as soon as possible.
Why is Oral Cancer so Deadly?
When it comes to surviving oral cancer, early detection is crucial. Your chances for survival are much greater if oral cancer is discovered and treated before it’s had a chance to spread. Too often, however, patients are unsure of the symptoms or behaviors that can increase their risk of developing oral cancer. As a result, the diagnosis gets pushed off until it is too late.
Dentists and dental hygienists are on the front lines when it comes to diagnosing oral cancer. This means that the oral cancer screening you get during your regular dental checkup at Watkins Dental Group could literally save your life.
How Do I Decrease My Risk of Oral Cancer
Like any other cancer, certain habits and predispositions make patients more likely to develop oral cancer. Tobacco use, heavy alcohol use, and excessive sun exposure can all increase a patient’s risk of developing oral cancer.
Genetics and environment also play critical roles in triggering cancer cell development. Even if you have no history of tobacco use, it is still possible to develop oral cancer. That’s why everyone should see their dentist regularly for checkups which include a full cancer screening. Our cancer screening could turn out to be the most important part of your checkup.
Your Cancer Screening in Dallas, PA
During an oral cancer screening, our doctor will use a diagnostic tool called a VELscope to perform a thorough examination of the head and oral cavity. This includes the cheeks, lips, tongue, larynx, tonsils, neck, the hard and soft palate, and the floor of your mouth. If we discover anything suspicious, you will be referred to a specialist as soon as possible.
Don’t wait, schedule your oral cancer screening by calling (570) 675-1138 today!