The Importance of Oral Cancer Screening
Today, Dr Garrett is going to help you see how important advanced oral cancer screening can be to your life.
Oral cancer is one of the most deadly cancers diagnosed in America today. In fact, oral cancer kills over half of all who are diagnosed. However, if diagnosed early – over 80% of patients survive. This statistic alone should encourage you to receive regular and thorough oral cancer screenings, especially if you are at risk.
With more than 43,000 Americans estimated to be diagnosed this year, educating yourself on prevention methods, early detection, and treatment options is more important than ever.
Just because you are not a tobacco user, smoker, or heavy drinker, doesn’t mean you cannot get oral cancer. Due to the rapidly growing number of HPV-related oral cancer diagnoses, all people 18 years and older should get screened yearly.
An oral cancer screening takes only three minutes. It consists of a verbal, visual, and physical examination and includes the following:
In between routine dental exams, you should perform self-examinations, and be sure to keep an eye out for the following signs and symptoms that may indicate the presence of oral cancer:
While oral cancer is prevalent, there are measures you can take to minimize your risk.
Contact our office, at 901-347-3527, to see how early detection with Identafi can help save your life.
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