Before we close out the month of April, we wanted to acknowledge that it’s Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Why is oral cancer so important that it gets its own month? Because it’s a downright dangerous, even deadly disease that is most treatable and beatable when detected early.
Let’s learn more together, so you’re ready to join your Georgetown dentist and the Oral Cancer Foundation in helping to spread much-needed awareness about this debilitating disease.
What are Oral Cancers?
The Oral Cancer Foundation and the National Cancer Institute classify the disease as part of cancers of the head and neck category. Of all types of head and neck cancers, oral cancer makes up about 85 percent. Most of these types of cancers first appear inside your mouth, nose, and throat. Unfortunately, as of 2019, the death rate associated with this particular type of cancer remained high due to its inability to be correctly diagnosed, if at all. This is why it’s essential to see your dentist in Georgetown regularly. We’re the only ones trained to both visually and manually spot the common symptoms of oral cancer, including:
- Red or white spots and sores
- A lump, thickening, or rough spot
- Pain, tenderness, and numbness on your mouth or lips
- Difficulty chewing, swallowing, or speaking normally
Our simple visual screening allows us to look for anything out of the ordinary that could cause concern. A quick brush test designed to collect cells that are then sent to a lab for analysis may also be necessary.
Who Needs to Get Screened By Your Georgetown Dentist?
The easiest way to answer this question is simple: Everyone, especially adults. When conducting oral cancer screenings in our Georgetown dental office, our primary goal is to catch it early, hopefully as a pre-cancer. With early detection, survival rates from oral cancer remain high, with fewer side effects from treatment. Think of your oral cancer screening as important and relevant as these other life-saving screenings such as:
Making routine oral cancer screenings a part of your health checkups could save your life!
A checkup should occur at least once a year, but it’s most beneficial if you come to see us at our dental office in Georgetown for your six-month cleanings. We’re happy to provide you with a complimentary oral cancer screening designed to protect your health. Again, (we can’t stress this enough) it’s crucial to your health to detect any issues as early as we can. Schedule your visit today!