03 Apr Oral Cancer and Your Dentist
April 8-15, 2018 is Oral Cancer Awareness week. Oral cancer refers to cancers occurring in the oral cavity or the oropharynx region (middle region of the throat, including tonsils and the base of the tongue). Oral cancer symptoms include:
- Red or white patches
- Chronic sores or irritation
- Difficulty chewing, speaking, moving the tongue or jaw, or swallowing
- Lump, thickened, rough or eroded area
- Pain, tenderness, or numbness in the lips or mouth
Men are two times more likely to develop oral cancer than women. Smokers and those who consume excessive amounts of alcohol are also at a higher risk, as well as those who have HPV, a common sexually transmitted disease. Learn more about the symptoms and risk factors associated with oral cancer here.
Each year, more than 10,000 people die from oral cancer, though the five-year survival rate for these cancers is around 64 percent. The key to surviving oral cancer is early detection and treatment. Head and neck exams are a standard part of routine dental exams at Renew Dental. This screening can save your life and is yet another reason to visit our dentists regularly for yearly or bi-yearly checkups.
Have you scheduled your 2018 dental exam? Don’t wait, especially if you are at a higher risk for developing oral cancer. Click here to request an appointment now.