Oral Cancer Screening
The sixth most common cancer diagnosed in the population is oral cancer. Oral cancer screenings play a major role in early detection of this disease. When oral cancer is found and treated in its earliest stages, the prognosis can be good. When left untreated, the death rate is alarming.
Each year, over 50,000 people in this country have some form of this oral disease. The five year survival rate for oral cancer is 50%. With around 80% of the population not receiving screening for oral cancer, it is easy to see why it is so prevalent. Many oral cancers are treated successfully, if found early enough. We offer oral cancer screening at Village Dental NYC as a part of our comprehensive oral care.
You are at risk for oral cancer if you: use tobacco, consume alcohol, spend significant amounts of time in the sun or have contracted sexually transmitted viruses. Age and diet can also contribute to the risk of oral cancer. Being aware of the risk factors and taking necessary precautions to eliminate them will reduce your risk. Getting annual oral examinations and oral cancer screenings also helps.
Identify Mouth Cancer Early
Your dentist can identify the signs of oral cancer. The screening is simple, painless and only takes a few minutes. If there are signs of a problem, a small sample of the suspicious tissue is removed and sent to a lab for diagnosis. Your dentist will consult with you after a determination has been made regarding whether the tissue is benign, precancerous or cancerous.
Oral cancers are among those with positive treatment outcomes when they are discovered early enough. Lumps or nodules in or on the soft tissues of the mouth, lips, cheeks and neck could indicate a problem. Skin lesions in the mouth or on the lips may also be indicative of possible cancer. If you notice any of these symptoms, make an appointment to see your dentist right away for a screening.
Village Dental NYC offers cancer screening to help fight against this disease. If it has been awhile since you have seen a dentist, contact our practice today. Schedule your appointment for a comprehensive oral exam.