Similar to other cancers, oral cancer should be screened for annually starting at the age of 18.
Oral Cancer, if detected early, can be easily diagnosed and effectively treated in most individuals. Because oral cancer is a pathologic process that begins with an asymptomatic stage, early signs and symptoms are likely to not be noticeable. As a patient, it is important to have your experienced dental professional conduct annual examinations, instead of waiting for symptoms to arise, as treatment will become more aggressive and less treatable.
The most common risk factors that lead to Oral Cancer include tobacco use, excessive consumption of alcohol, family history of cancer, excessive sun exposure, and certain strains of HPV. Because over 75 percent of oral cancers are linked to modifiable behaviours, lifestyle changes can be one of the most effective ways to reduce your risks.
During an Oral Cancer Screening, your dentists will do a full examination and look for signs of red patches or sores, Leukoplakia (a raised lesion inside the mouth), and lumps. An Oral Cancer Screening is a non invasive and pain free process.
If you have any questions or concerns about oral cancer, please contact our practice. We recommend annual Oral Cancer Screenings, in order to thoroughly look for abnormalities or changes in your mouth.
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