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Oral Cancer Facts
Knowing about oral cancer before symptoms occur is key to fighting the disease.Did you know that oral cancer is the 6th most common form of cancer in the United States? We believe that early detection and learning the facts about oral cancer allows for the most minimally invasive treatments. Here are a few oral cancer facts to help get you started.
Who is at risk of oral cancer?
Everyone is potentially at risk for oral cancer, but research has linked higher risks of getting oral cancer to heavy smokers and drinkers. Those with human papillomavirus (HPV) have also been linked to oral cancer.
How many people a day get cancer in the US?
18 people every day are diagnosed with mouth cancer. Nine of those people have had a mouth ulcer for well over a month without talking to their doctor about it.
What are the symptoms of oral cancer?
Common symptoms include the following in any area of the mouth (including the lips, cheeks, and throat): a lump, white or red patches, bleeding/pain/numbness, constant sore throat, pain when chewing/swallowing, swelling, change in voice, pain in ear, and open sores.
If you are already experiencing symptoms of oral cancer, it’s important to seek immediate medical attention. Because of how cancer spreads, it’s important to get an oral cancer screening before symptoms occur.
What is an oral cancer exam?
An oral cancer exam can be defined as a screening that is done even before potential symptoms may occur. It is important to catch oral cancer early to ensure the cancer doesn’t spread and only only minimally invasive treatment is needed. Here at Studio Z, we do an oral cancer exam with every check-up, which means there’s no need to request it - we’ve got you covered.
How do I get a oral cancer exam?
Every time you visit Studio Z for a dental exam, we will do an oral cancer screening and review the results with you. The exam takes less than 10 minutes and is recommended for early detection.
Want to know more about oral cancer exams? Make an appointment today: Call us at (303) 802-4313.