Oral Cancer Screenings in Westchester County
A routine check-up is important for maintaining a beautiful smile, but it could also save your life. Oral cancer is actually much more common than people might suspect. In fact, oral cancer kills more people per year than some of the more commonly discussed cancers. Just under 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer each year; just under 10,000 Americans will die of the disease each year. However, there is a lot that we can do together to reduce the number of deaths caused by oral cancer. Oral cancer is deadly because it is usually discovered late, after the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. By this time it is often hard to stop the spread of the cancer. At Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale, we are committed to reducing the number of deaths caused by oral cancer. Read on to learn about our team’s dedication to oral cancer screenings, but also read on to learn about how you can help find oral cancer early.
What We Do: Oral Cancer Screenings
What You Can Do: Oral Cancer Awareness
Although our staff can do a lot to stop the spread of oral cancer through early diagnosis, you are important to effective prevention and early detection. Being aware of the risk factors, warning signs, and symptoms of oral cancer allows you to come in or call us when you are concerned. Here are some risk factors to avoid and symptoms to pay attention to.
Tobacco Products: Any type of tobacco product increases your risk for oral cancer. The chemicals in the tobacco can be deadly. If you need help quitting, talk to your doctor today.
Family History: Talk with your family to understand how many family members have been diagnosed with head or neck cancers; a strong fmaily history of these cancers means you’re more at risk.
A Skipped Check-up: Be sure to get a dental check-up twice a year. We recommend scheduling your next appointment before you leave our office.
During your regular dental check-ups, our Westchester dentists will check your oral tissue for warning signs of oral cancer. This alone can greatly reduce your chances of having a metastasized oral cancer because 75% of oral cancers can be found through a visual exam alone. We will be looking for bleeding, numbness, changes in your mouth, bumps, rough spots, ear pain, or other irregularities. It is not uncommon for our staff to find early signs of oral cancer before patients have noticed any symptoms. We recommend that you come in at least once a year for an oral cancer screening, but the bi-annual checkup is better for early detection of oral cancer. Our office is committed to preventative care because oral cancer has an 82.7% five-year survival rate if the oral cancer is found early, before it has spread. Let us help you be an early detection case.