April 29, 2016
There’s something you’re probably leaving off in your preventive healthcare routine. When was your last oral cancer screening? If the answer is “never” or “I can’t remember,” it’s time for you to add it to your list. Your dentist in Carrollton, Dr. Henry A. Campbell, can perform a quick check for oral cancer alongside your regular checkup and cleaning. It’s a preventive measure that can help protect you from the condition that approximately 110,000 Americans will be diagnosed with this year alone — keep reading to learn more, then schedule your appointment today!
Oral Cancer Screenings Key to Early Detection
The facts on oral cancer are alarming. It’s a disease that affects more Americans each year, and it kills approximately one person every hour in our country. Unfortunately, its high death rate is linked to the fact that the cancer is often caught in its later stages. You can encourage early detection for a successful treatment by staying on top of your regular oral cancer screenings from Dr. Campbell.
Patients who have one or more of these risk factors for oral cancer should especially stay on top of their regular screenings.
- Tobacco use of any kind
- Heavy alcohol consumption (especially combined with regular tobacco use)
- Prolonged exposure to UV light
- Ill-fitting dentures that cause sore spots in the mouth
What to Expect from an Oral Cancer Screening
When you undergo a routine oral cancer screening at our dental office in Carrollton, Dr. Campbell will look for signs of abnormal tissue that could indicate the disease. These problem spots may include red, inflamed or white spots or bumps, rough patches or lumps. Changes in the symmetry of the face or moving teeth can also indicate oral cancer. Apart from the visual examination, Dr. Campbell will feel your cheeks, throat and the inside of your mouth to check for hard lumps. It’s a quick but thorough examination — and one that can truly save your life.
Preventing Oral Cancer
You can take some steps now to lower your risk of developing oral cancer. If you’re a tobacco user, commit to kicking the habit this year. You know it’s bad for your overall health, but tobacco use of any kind is the number one cause of oral cancer. You should also try to limit your alcohol consumption, as its heavy use has been linked to mouth cancer, too. Watch your exposure to UV light and pay attention to any sore spots that pop up in your mouth — these could be the first indicator of oral cancer.
Schedule Your Oral Cancer Screening Today
Don’t wait to schedule your annual oral cancer screening in Carrollton at Dr. Campbell’s office. Doing so could literally save your life. Request your appointment online today!
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