Oral cancer is a disease that results from abnormal cell growth in the mouth, lips, tongue or throat. These types of cancer are relatively common, but very preventable. The risk of oral cancer developing into a serious condition and possibly leading to death can be significantly reduced with early detection. By finding the cancer early, treatment is made easier, less invasive and with most early detection the cancer is more than 90% curable. This is why oral cancer screenings performed by your dentist are very important.
Screenings involve looking for cancer before the patient even has any symptoms. This ensures that the cancer will be found at an early stage. By the time symptoms appear, it is possible that the cancer may have begun to spread.
Though the actual cause of oral cancer is not known, there are some factors that increase the risk including:
You can reduce your risk for undiagnosed oral cancer by seeing your dentist for regular dental exams. Checking your mouth regularly for any signs or symptoms is also a great way to identify problems early. If you notice any changes in your mouth, report them to your dentist right away or schedule a screening.
If you think you may be at risk for oral cancer or you simply want to take preventative measures in your oral health, your dentist at Parkland Mall Dental Centre can provide an oral cancer screening in Red Deer. Contact us today to learn more about our oral cancer screening or to schedule an appointment.
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