LET’S TALK ABOUT ORAL CANCER

  • Posted on: Aug 30 2015
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According the the Oral Cancer Foundation, approximately 37,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer each year…and just over half will be alive five years later.
Those are frightening statistics, indeed.
Sadly, oral cancer’s high death rate is due primarily to its late discovery.

oral cancerJust the sound of the word “cancer” can be fear-inducing. To complicate matters, for many people a visit to the dentist can be an extremely fearful experience.

  • FACT: If caught early, oral cancer is highly treatable.
  • FACT: Twice yearly dental exams and cleanings are vitally important in the early detection prevention and treatment of oral cancer.

• Oral cancer is the growth of abnormal cells on any part of the lips, tongue, mouth or gums. It can also occur on the lining of the cheeks and the floor and roof of the mouth.

• Most oral cancers begin in the lining of the mouth or lips, which is made up of thin squamous cells.

There are a variety of things that contribute to oral cancers, among them are:

• Exposure to UV light from the sun or tanning beds.
• Marijuana use.
• Tobacco use, in all forms. Tobacco use accounts for 90% of all oral cancers.
• Alcohol Use.
• Having some types of human papillomavirus (HPV).

Signs and Symptoms:

– Difficulty swallowing, chewing, talking or moving your jaw or tongue.
– A change in your voice that isn’t due to a cold or allergies.
– An irritation on your mouth or lip that bleeds easily and doesn’t heal.
– A thick, rough spot or a small area in your mouth that looks like it’s wearing away.
– Feeling like something is caught in your throat.
– Persistent pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere on your lips or in your mouth.
– A lump or thickening in your cheek or neck.
– Red or white spotty patches on your tongue or in your mouth.
– An earache that doesn’t go away.

It is important to visit your dentist regularly…to prevent oral cancer or catch it early!
Call us at 304.845.2480 for a consultation. We look forward to meeting you!

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