There are a lot of cancers people talk about more often than mouth cancer, but we think mouth cancer should be getting a lot more attention than it does. Considering that it is one of the fastest growing cancers with over 450,000 new cases being found worldwide each year. And according to the Oral Cancer Foundation (https://oralcancerfoundation.org/facts/) “…the death rate associated with this cancer is particularly high not because it is hard to discover or diagnose, but due to the cancer being routinely discovered late in its development….Oral cancer is particularly dangerous because in its early stages it may not be noticed by the patient, as it can frequently prosper without producing pain or symptoms they might readily recognize, and because it has a high risk of producing second primary tumors. This means that patients who survive a first encounter with the disease, have up to 20 times higher risk of developing a second cancer.”
This is why Tuscarora Family Dental Care takes oral cancer screenings so seriously – and why you should too! When oral cancer is discovered early, it is much easier to treat and control.
Risk factors for oral cancer are broad-ranging and include:
- Diminishment of immune system competence
- Smoking or other tobacco use
- Alcohol consumption
- Persistent viral infections such as the HPV16 virus
- Prolonged exposure to sunlight
- Frequent exposure to traditional dental x-rays (we use digital x-rays to minimize radiation exposure)
Both of our doctors were trained under the top oral pathologist in the country and have experience in finding oral cancer as well as treating the types of complications that go hand-in-hand with a history of radiation or problems with head and neck cancer.