42,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral and throat cancers this year alone.
Early detection of oral cancer can make a lasting impact on your life. When cancer is detected and treated early, your chance for a cure and overall health is greatly increased. That’s why oral cancer screenings at least once a year are essential.
Your oral cancer screening consists of an examination performed by your dentist to search for signs of cancer or precancerous cells in your mouth. The screening will consist of a visual check of your mouth and palpation of your jaw and neck, as well as a discussion on your family history.
Even though our oral cancer screenings are great for early detection of oral cancer, it’s important to be aware of the following signs and symptoms in between dental visits. The symptoms of oral cancer can include: