Oral Cancer Examined
- Posted on: Jul 12 2016
Hello and welcome to another July blog!
Yes, it is summer and the living is supposed to be easy. But the harsh realities of life go on. Some families are struggling at this very moment with the decline of a loved one who has cancer.
In fact, in this day and age, we would be hard-pressed to find a family that has never had ANY encounter with this deadly disease. That is why today we want to talk about one manifestation that, as dentists, we feel obligated to address: oral cancer.
Oral cancer can be treated and beaten if caught early enough. But sadly, it all too often goes undiagnosed until it is too late to do much about it.
How difficult is oral cancer to detect? To the untrained eye it won’t be easy. In many cases, oral cancer starts out as a tiny sore or spot in the mouth. You aren’t necessarily going to see it when you look in the mirror.
This kind of growth can suddenly take shape on the inner cheeks, tongue, lips, gums as well as the soft and hard palate. It can show up pretty much anywhere. The good news is that it will be in all the areas we regularly examine as dentists.
Like we said, when such a spot is detected and treated early enough, the better your chances are of surviving. That’s why you will want our team of professionals to be in-step with the situation in your mouth.
By the way, if you smoke, drink, soak up the sun, or have a family history, you will need to be especially vigilant, and change the factors that are within your control. Regardless, you will do well to keep us in the loop.
Oral Cancer Screening Can Save Your Life
Oral cancer screening is a procedure that helps pick up on the presence of cancerous and precancerous changes in the mouth. It is quick, and non-invasive. We provide oral cancer screening as part of our routine check-ups.
We strongly suggest that everyone get checked often, especially if you have a high risk for developing the condition. People who are at risk are those who use tobacco products and/or drink alcohol regularly, and also folks who have previously had oral cancer.
We make it easy. During your regular checkup, our team will explain the screening process and what we are looking for. Next, we will examine your lips, tongue and mouth, looking for spots, sores, lesions, red or white patches, and other problems.
Beyond the visual examination, we may use fingers to detect lumps under the jaw. If any abnormalities are detected, a biopsy can easily be performed.
Then we will decide together on the best plan of action.
Take Action Today!
We hope you have been inspired by today’s post. Oral cancer is nothing to take lightly.
It is reassuring that the majority of mouth sores we see end up as benign. Still, if you notice strange sores, lesions, patches and color changes, get in touch with Clear Lake Dental Care right away to set up your oral cancer screening.
Contact us to schedule a consultation at our Webster, TX dental office!
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