Early detection of any type of cancer is important for effective treatment. Oral cancer is diagnosed in an estimated 50,000 people each year in the U.S., ending in death for nearly 10,000 people. Mouth or oral cancer can easily go undetected until the late stages, when it can spread to other areas of the body. Oral cancer screening is the best way to detect signs of the disease early, which we offer at First Smile Family Dental in Federal Way, WA.
Oral cancer can be a silent killer with very few noticeable symptoms or signs. People who are at higher risk include those over age 55, men, tobacco users, alcohol users and those who have had HPV. There are also other risk factors, such as individuals that are overweight or those with certain genetics. Although these factors increase risk, anyone can be diagnosed with oral or mouth cancer.
Identify Mouth Cancer Early
Although the detectable symptoms are minimal in the early stages, it is important to know when to see your dentist. Some of the possible signs of mouth cancer include sores that do not heal within two weeks and lumps or bumps on the oral tissues. Any abnormal tissue changes on the tongue, gum tissue or palate should be examined. Unfortunately, many signs of oral cancer are not visible with the naked eye, which is why specialized oral cancer screening is important.
Oral cancer screening can be performed during your routine checkups. The process is non-invasive, and Dr. Nguyen will carefully examine your oral cavity and soft tissues for any tissue variations and use a screening device to detect any non-visible abnormalities. Catching oral cancer early offers the best chance for effective treatment to overcome this deadly disease.
No one wants to think about the chance of getting cancer, but ignoring the disease will not make it go away. Oral cancer screening is a simple way to detect this disease in the earliest stages if you have a screening done as part of your preventive dental care every year. To schedule a screening for oral cancer at First Smile Family Dental, contact our office in Federal Way to book your appointment.