According to the American Cancer Society, almost 50,000 people will get oral cavity or oropharyngeal cancer. Of these cases, approximately 9,700 will die. Oral cancers were once only treated when symptoms presented themselves. However, now there is oral cancer screening techniques that patients can receive during their regular dental check-up appointments. This advancement in technology gives patients the opportunity to catch potential cancerous areas or concerns much earlier than in decades prior, which can lead to successful early intervention and treatment.
Here are just a few things that you should know about oral cancer and screenings. Remember, early detection is key!
- The statistics
Oral cancers affect men twice as much as women. However, there is not a clear bias across ethnic or racial lines. Fortunately, the death rate for oral cancers has been decreasing over the past three decades thanks, in part, to early detection and treatment.
- The screening
Oral cancer screening can be done quickly, and painlessly, at your dentist’s office. During your exam here at East Erie Dental, we begin your oral cancer screening by simply looking inside your mouth. When we do this, our professionals are checking for any lesions or unusual coloring patterns that could indicate a potential issue.
During this part of the dental exam, we are looking at more than just your tongue and cheeks. We are examining your entire oral cavity, including your palates and your lips, your throat and roof of the mouth. This thorough screening gives us a comprehensive look at what is happening inside your oral cavity.
- The cost
Fortunately, most insurance companies cover an oral cancer screening as a part of the semi-annual dental exam. If you aren’t sure if your insurance company covers this crucial test, give us a call and we would be happy to help.
- Your next step
Oral cancer screening is quick, painless, and can truly be a lifesaving measure for you and your family. If you have not set up an appointment for a regular dental exam in the past six months, give us a call to make one now. This time with your dentist is the foundation of your oral health.
We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment. If you have any questions about our oral cancer screening, please ask during our time together. We want you to be as healthy as possible!