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

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.

What Does Dr Garrett do during an Oral Cancer Screening?

An oral cancer screening takes only three minutes. It consists of a verbal, visual, and physical examination and incluidentafides the following:

  • – A thorough review of your oral health history, as well as your overall health history.
  • – A visual inspection of all the areas of your mouth and throat in an effort to locate any abnormalities, such as sores and red or white patches; this inspection includes the lips, cheeks, gums, tongue, floor of the mouth, roof of the mouth, and far-back section of your tongue. An advanced oral cancer detection tool, like Identafi, can enhance the exam and let Dr Garrett see changes that the naked eye cannot see.

Oral Cancer Signs and Symptoms

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:

  • – Red or white patches on the lining of the mouth or tongue
  • – Swelling or thickening of areas inside the mouth
  • – Unexplained bleeding
  • – Sores on the face, neck, or mouth that do not heal
  • – Chronic sore throat
  • – Hoarseness
  • – A change in the way your dentures fit
  • – Suspicious lumps found by palpating your mouth, jaw, and neck
  • – Dramatic weight loss

Oral Cancer Prevention Tips

While oral cancer is prevalent, there are measures you can take to minimize your risk.

  • – Avoid smoking and the use of all tobacco products.
  • – Limit or refrain from drinking alcohol.
  • – Avoid overexposure to the sun, and use sunblock on your skin and lips.
  • – Practice safe sex.
  • – Maintain a healthy diet.

Contact our office, at 901-347-3527, to see how early detection with Identafi can help save your life.