Oral Cancer Screening
Cancer is a deadly disease that can attack the body almost anywhere, including your mouth. Oral cancers are serious and can even be fatal. Like all cancer, early detection is the most effective weapon to treat oral cancer. At Sunrise Dental and Implant Center, we care about your health and wellness. We offer oral cancer screenings as part of our preventive oral care services to help you protect your health.
Oral cancer affects both genders and all ethnic groups. Risk factors include smoking or tobacco use, high alcohol consumption and HPV. While most oral cancer is found in those over forty, it can occur at any age and has begun affecting more young people, even those who do not use tobacco.
The reason oral cancer is so deadly is that it is often not found until its later stages, when it is the most challenging to treat. It is not that it cannot be detected, but instead, that most people do not undergo regular oral cancer screenings or understand the warning signs of mouth cancer. Changes in oral tissues, sores that do not go away or lumps in the throat/jaw can be symptoms of mouth cancer but are easily identified through routine screenings. If necessary, a biopsy can be taken and tested for malignancy.
Identify Mouth Cancer Early
Reducing risk factors like tobacco and heavy alcohol use can help protect you against oral cancer, but you should add oral cancer screenings to your wellness routine. At Sunrise Dental and Implant Center, we can perform a screening with your regular dental exam. It only takes a few minutes and is not invasive. Our dentist will carefully inspect the tissues in your mouth using specialized equipment that can detect tiny changes that could be signs of oral cancer. This quick and painless scan could save your life, as early detection gives oral cancer a high success rate in treatment.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment. During your next dental exam, ask to have an oral cancer screening performed. It is just one more service we offer to help protect your health at our Fairfield dental clinic.