Oral Cancer Screening Can Save Lives By Detecting It In Its Earliest Stages
Though not the most common type of cancer, oral cancer is not to be ignored or disregarded – according to the most recent estimates from the American Cancer Society, roughly 54,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year alone.
As such, it is crucially important to receive regular and annual oral cancer screenings to help detect early signs of the disease in order to enact preventative measures and intervention before it develops into a more serious and potentially fatal issue.
At Woodland Lakes Dental, we provide thorough and expert oral cancer screenings to help ensure any cases of the disease are caught early on so that you can swiftly react with early intervention.
The reality of oral cancer is that the early stages can be largely asymptomatic, and the early symptoms can be difficult to spot. Thus, seeking out a dental professional to carry out an oral cancer screening annually is highly recommended, as they will have both the expertise and equipment to identify early warning signs.
Signs of Oral Cancer to Watch For
Being aware of the symptoms and signs associated with oral cancer is the key to early detection. While much of the early stages of oral cancer may be asymptomatic, there are some important signs to look out for and address swiftly if spotted.
If you believe you are displaying symptoms of oral cancer, contact Woodland Lakes Dental or your nearest dental professional immediately.
Symptoms to watch for include:
- Red patches
- Lumps or thickening of tissue in the throat and mouth