Oral Cancer Overview
As stated by the Oral Cancer Foundation, cancers of the throat and mouth are common conditions which affect over 40,000 people each year. Oral cancer is known to be very deadly because it is often undetected at an early stage, only to be found when it has progressed and spreads to other areas of the body.
Who is at Risk for Oral Cancer?
Oral cancer can affect anyone, but it typically develops in the mouth and throat of people who:
- Have a history of cancer in their family.
- Use tobacco products such as cigarettes or chewing tobacco.
- Drink alcohol often.
Common Warning Signs of Oral Cancer
- Sores in the mouth or throat.
- Rough patches on the tissues inside the mouth such as on the cheeks, or roof of the mouth.
- Smooth, discolored spots inside the mouth and throat.
- Difficulty swallowing food.
- Swollen tissue in the mouth and throat.
The Importance of a Checkup
It is important to visit your dentist for routine checkups as they recommend so they can perform screenings for any unnatural tissue formations inside of your mouth.
Everyone has a better chance of surviving oral cancer when it is detected at its earliest stages and can be treated promptly before it progresses to other parts of the body. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Huish at Smile Today for a full checkup and painless screening for oral cancer.
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