Camarillo Smiles can help you detect early warning signs of oral cancer. To schedule an appointment call (805) 388-5700. Your Dentist Camarillo CA.
One person every hour of every day dies from oral cancer, which is equivalent to over 8000 people a year in The United States alone, according to the American Cancer Society. About 30,000 new cases of oral cancer will be diagnosed this year. Oral cancer ranks as the sixth most common form of cancer that can affect any part of the mouth or lips. The good news is that when detected early, the chances for beating it are greatly increased. But left untreated, oral cancer can spread within the mouth and throughout the body, leading to chronic pain, disfigurement, loss of the ability to eat or talk, and even death. This is why early detection and diagnosis is critical.
Smoking and chewing tobacco significantly increase your risk. The carcinogens in tobacco, alcohol, and certain foods are leading risk factors. In fact, if both tobacco and alcohol products are used, one is 15 times at greater risk for developing oral cancer. Exposure to the sun is also linked to oral cancer. Other risk factors are age, gender, and genetics. About 95% of all oral cancers are diagnosed in people 45 years or older. Men are twice as likely as women to develop oral cancer.
Oral Cancer Warning Signs
If you notice any of these symptoms, contact us immediately for a thorough screening:
- A persistent sore on your lips, gums, or inside your mouth that doesn't heal within two weeks.
- Repeated bleeding in your mouth without any known cause.
- Swelling, thickening, or lumps in your mouth, neck, lips, or on the tongue, often painless in the early stages.
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing food, or difficulty in speaking or moving your tongue or jaw.
- Numbness or pain in your throat or mouth without any known reason.
- Color changes such as white, scaly patches or red lesions inside your mouth or on your lips.
Following good oral hygiene practices, eliminating risk factors such as tobacco and alcohol, and scheduling regular dental exams are important to maintaining good oral health. Research also has demonstrated that eating plenty of fruits and vegetables every day is a positive practice.
We screen for oral cancer during regular routine check-ups. We feel for lumps, tissue changes in your neck, cheeks, head, and mouth and look closely for sores. Early detection of cancer and prompt treatment is critical. Ask your us for more information about preventing oral cancer.