What You Need To Know About Oral Cancer

Categories: Dental health

Mechanicsville oral cancer screening

During routine dental examinations at St. Mary’s Dental in Mechanicsville, we look for signs of oral cancer. Oral cancer refers to cancers in the tongue, mouth, lips, jaw, and throat.

The American Cancer Society estimates that over 39,000 people will get oral cancer this year.

Consider this sobering news from the Oral Cancer Foundation:

“The death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of cancers which we hear about routinely such as cervical cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, laryngeal cancer, cancer of the testes, and endocrine system cancers such as thyroid, or skin cancer (malignant melanoma).”

When we perform an oral cancer screening we look for red or white spots, bleeding, lumps, difficulty swallowing, loose teeth, any color changes, and mouth sores. Is is important to tell us if your bite has changed, if you have sores that won’t heal, and prolonged hoarseness. An earache in only one ear can also be an indicator.

The existence of any of these symptoms does not mean you have oral cancer, as they can be caused by any number of other conditions. However, if we discover something unusual we may order additional tests, or refer you to a medical doctor for another opinion.

At St. Mary’s Dental in Mechanicsville, the health of all our patients is important to us. Services include general and family dentistry, and restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact St. Mary’s Dental:

301-884-3248

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

28169 Old Village Rd
Mechanicsville, Maryland
20659

 

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