The month of April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Why are oral cancer screenings important?
Although many people are under the impression that oral cancer is rare, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation, over 50,00 people in the US will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer in 2018.
Another misconception is that only smokers and tobacco users will get oral cancer, but this is not true. Alcohol users and people who have contracted HPV virus are also at risk, as are people with a genetic predisposition, whether people smoke or not.
Early detection of oral cancer, while it is small, isolated and hasn’t spread, allows for more treatment options and a much higher chance of survival. This is why we offer and strongly recommend oral cancer screenings.
We Recommend Screenings
In Dr. Wilhite’s decades of experience, he has unfortunately seen patients suffer from oral cancers. What gives us hope though, is that new oral cancer screening methods now allow for earlier detection of abnormalities than was ever possible before.
Our office provides oral cancer screenings in Plano, and we recommend them to all adults over the age of 18. An oral cancer screening is affordable, fast, simple, and painless. They save lives.
About Oral Cancer Screenings
The most effective way to control oral cancer is through early diagnosis followed by timely and appropriate treatments. Because over 90% of oral cancers are squamous cell carcinomas, the vast majority of oral cancers are diagnosed from surface lesions.
Although there is no standard routine screening test for oral cancers, many pre-cancers in the mouth can be found early during screening exams by a dentist. Sometimes people will experience symptoms in the mouth that will send them to a dentist or doctor for an examination.
Unfortunately, oral cancers don’t always cause symptoms until they have grown or spread. Sometimes they cause symptoms such as a toothache or ear pain that can be mistaken for a dental issue when it is actually an oral cancer issue.
Related: Oral Cancer Symptoms
By having regular oral cancer screenings, you will be able to detect issues much sooner. You can schedule a screening every six months along with your routine dental check-ups to ensure you are examined regularly.
Please schedule your oral cancer screening this month. Recommend that your friends and family get oral cancer screenings. Save a life!
Are you ready to schedule your oral cancer screening in Plano, Texas area?
Contact us today to set up your examination. Dr. Wilhite has over 30 years experience and can detect oral cancer issues. He will be able to identify possible issues and recommend further treatments if needed.
We can also talk about affordable financing and dental insurance options to make sure you get the care you need.
Call us at (972) 964-3774
David Wilhite is a Plano Texas Dentist who has helped thousands of patients with a wide variety of dental health issues from general to cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign clear braces, TMJ treatment, dental implants and full mouth restorations.