Oral cancer is a silent killer, often not showing any obvious signs or symptoms until it is too late. An estimated 50,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer each year, and only about half will survive for more than five years after their diagnosis. This type of cancer is deadly, but also has a high treatment success rate when detected early. At SmileBuilders, Inc., we offer oral cancer screening during dental checkups at our offices in Canton, Byram, and Lucedale, MS.
Many people with oral cancer are unaware they have a disease. The signs and symptoms are minimal, which can make it difficult to detect without a routine oral cancer screening by a doctor or dentist. However, there are some signs that can indicate you may have oral cancer. These include:
- Oral sores that do not heal within two weeks
- White or red spots on the mouth tissues
- Painless lump in mouth or neck
- Pain when swallowing, speaking or eating
If you have any of these symptoms, you should schedule a dental visit for an oral cancer screening. You can increase your chance of surviving this disease by obtaining an early diagnosis and treatment.
Identify Mouth Cancer Early
Oral cancer screening can be performed during your regular checkups and dental exams each year. The process is simple and non-invasive. Our dentist will carefully examine the mouth and throat for any signs of cancer. We utilize advanced dental technology that can detect changes in oral tissues that are not visible to the eye. By identifying mouth cancer early, patients have a higher chance of getting the treatment they need to beat this deadly disease.
Our dental team at SmileBuilders, Inc. cares about your health and wellness. Talk to us about adding oral cancer screening to your routine dental care; it could save your life. Contact our dental office to schedule your next appointment.