Did you know that every year more than 30,000 cases of oral cancer are detected and diagnosed? What’s even more alarming is that every year more than 8,000 people die from this form of cancer. Most patients who are diagnosed with oral cancer are given a 5 year survival rate, however, even the chances of surviving five years after being diagnosed is 50 percent. Early detection is the key to surviving and treating cancer of the oral cavity. That’s why at Carolina Dental Center we offer oral cancer screenings. We are dedicated to early detection to help save lives.
Many people simply are not aware of the symptoms of oral cancer and therefore do not think to have screenings done. That’s why we have taken the time to explore oral cancer, its symptoms and diagnosis in this blog article.
What is oral cancer?
Oral cancer is any cancer of the head or neck. It can develop in any part of the oral cavity and usually begins in the surface areas of the lips, tongue or mouth.
Am I at risk for oral cancer?
There are several factors that can increase your chance of developing oral cancer. One huge factor is tobacco use, such as smoking, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco and dipping.
Another risk factor for developing cancer in the oral cavity is alcohol use. The more you drink, the higher your risk of oral cancer. If you drink and smoke excessively, the risk increases as well.
Exposure to the sun can be another risk factor. Lip cancer is the specific type of cancer that can be caused by sun exposure. Wearing sunscreen or a lip balm can decrease these chances.
What are the symptoms of Oral Cancer?
Keeping regular appointments with your dentist or doctor can result in catching oral cancer early. If you spot symptoms of this cancer, immediately schedule an appointment with your dentist. The symptoms include:
- White or red patches in your mouth or lips
- Sores of the lip or mouth that will not heal
- Bleeding in the mouth
- Teeth that become loose
- Difficulty swallowing
- Lumps in the neck
Oral Cancer Screenings in Murrells Inlet, SC
At Carolina Dental Center, we offer oral cancer screenings for patients of all ages. We encourage you to schedule a screening with us if you experience any of the above symptoms. We can spot and diagnose oral cancer so that you can quickly seek treatment. Additionally, we can spot certain conditions and prevent development of cancer in this region.
If you would like to schedule your oral cancer screening or if you need more information about it, please visit our office in Murrells Inlet, SC or call us today at (843) 357-2122. Schedule Online