There are more than 30,000 new cases of oral cancer diagnosed each year. As with any form of cancer, the sooner the disease is diagnosed, the higher the chances are of beating it. Regular visits to the dentist are your first line of defense against oral cancer. At Dental Brothers, we will check for growths or sores on the lips, tongue, the inside of the cheeks, the roof of the mouth and in the back of the throat.
There are several symptoms of mouth cancer. The most common symptoms include:
There are several risk factors for developing oral cancer.
If a dentist detects a mass or lesion in the mouth, it would be biopsied with an oral brush. The brush would take a sample of the tissue, and it would be analyzed for any abnormal, cancerous cells. In some cases, if the lesion or mass looks especially suspicious, a scalpel biopsy would be necessary. This would require a local anesthesia.
1 year survival rate: 81%
5 year survival rate: 56%
10 year survival rate: 41%
If left undetected, oral cancer can be very deadly. The best defense against oral cancer is living a healthy lifestyle and to see the dentist on a regular basis. At Dental Brothers, we examine our patients for possible cancer symptoms at every visit. Contact us to schedule your next check up.