Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral Cancer Screenings

Are you at risk for oral cancer? It’s time to learn more about oral cancer screening near you and how a 5-minute test can save your life.

Oral cancer screenings are key to detecting early symptoms. At Modern Dental Care, we provide our patients with full oral cancer screenings from our team is dedicated to preventing all dental issues from worsening.

Oral cancer is one of the more dangerous cancer types due to the difficulty in early detection, so early detection is critical in reducing mortality rates. Survival rates are above 80% if diagnosed early and below 30% later with oral cancer, especially in men.

Thankfully, oral cancer is relatively simple to treat and remove once detected early. This detection reason is why regular check-ups with our dental office are recommended if you are older, have had cancer before or smoke regularly.

What Causes Oral Cancer?

Like most cancers, what causes oral cancer is not entirely known. It has been determined that some main risk factors associated with oral cancer include:

  • Excessive smoking and drinking
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Excessive exposure to sunlight or radiation
  • A diet lacking in fruit and vegetables
  • Viral infections, e.g., Human papillomavirus (HPV).

Most oral tumors develop in areas that your dentist can see or notice. However, the distinctive early signs are:

  • Painless white patches
  • Painless red patches
  • Sore bleeding areas of long duration
  • Persistent ulcer in the same spot for over 3-4 weeks.

What Happens If Oral Cancer Is Detected?

Depending on the specific circumstances and diagnosis, if our dentist detects oral cancer, we will refer you directly to the relevant medical professional who will provide further examinations and put together a course of treatment to remove cancer from the area.

Our team at Modern Dental Care is dedicated to catching this disease early and providing all the tools necessary for effective treatment. Call us to book your oral cancer screening appointment today!

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