Oral Cancer Screening – Doylestown, PA
Caring For Your Overall Wellbeing
Did you know that every six months, when you come to get a checkup and cleaning, our team also provides you with a thorough oral cancer screening? Because it only lasts a couple of minutes, many patients don’t even know that we’re conducting an examination of their mouth in search of common oral cancer symptoms. When you put off your semi-annual appointment, you’re also postponing this vital part of maintaining good overall health, which is why it’s time to schedule your routine checkup and cleaning at Perfect Smiles of Doylestown today!
How Common is Oral Cancer?
Statistics gathered by the American Society of Clinical Oncology show that an estimated 53,000 adults in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer in 2020. This type of cancer occurs more than twice as much in men as it does in women, and the average age of diagnosis is around 62 years old. Often times, this disease goes undiagnosed because patients aren’t sure of the tell-tale signs to look for. That’s why getting a professional screening from your dentist during your dental checkup in Doylestown could be a life-saving action.
What are the Signs of Oral Cancer?
There are many signs of oral cancer that you can look out for at home. However, ultimately, the best set of eyes for an oral cancer examination is from your dentist in Doylestown. This is because they’ve thoroughly studied the facial and oral structure and have a wide knowledge of how oral cancer attacks your throat, mouth, and lips and what common signs it exhibits. Some symptoms that they’ll search for at your semi-annual screenings include:
- Abnormalities in your soft oral tissues like lumps.
- Red or white sores inside your mouth.
- Numb areas of your mouth.
- Sores located around your mouth that haven’t healed within two weeks.
- Chronic sore throat.
- Pain in your ears.
Based on their findings, we’ll either give you a clean bill of health or submit you for additional testing, just to make sure.
Why is Early Detection So Important?
Detecting oral cancer early is incredibly important, especially for high-risk patients who smoke, drink excessive amounts of alcohol, or have HPV. That’s why our team is so diligent about providing screenings every six months, because we want to ensure that our patients are healthy. In the case that they do have oral cancer, diagnosing it before it has an opportunity to spread to other areas of their body is crucial. If the cancer is diagnosed in its earliest stages, the 5-year survival rate is 84 percent. Once the cancer spreads to surrounding tissues, the 5-year survival rate goes down to only 66 percent.
With routine screenings, our team’s goal is to provide you with an early diagnosis so you can get healthy and make a full recovery or get the peace of mind you need with a clean bill of health. If you haven’t had a checkup and cleaning in over six months, it’s time to get one so you can rest easy knowing you’re healthy!