The definition of oral cancer: Cancer that forms in the tissue of the oral cavity (mouth), part of the throat, and the back of the mouth. The average of oral cancer deaths is 67 years. One in 93 men and women will be diagnosed with oral cancer during their lifetime. Here are some facts about oral cancer that you may not realize. This collection of data is from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
- Estimated new cases in 2013 – 41,350 people
- Estimated deaths this year – 7,890
People that are at the highest risk for oral cancers are those that:
- Drink Alcohol
- Tobacco Chewers
- Betel Nut Chewers
- Asian/Indian Cultures
- Sexually Active
- Excessive unprotected exposure to sun.
- Low intake of fruits and vegetables
Unfortunately, oral cancer is on the rise. Studies are showing younger adults are showing a connection between Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and oral cancer as well as cervical cancer. This screening is recommended for those adults 18 years and older. Early detection is key.
Signs and Symptoms
- Red or white discolorations of the soft tissue of the mouth
- Sores that do not heal within 14 days
- Hoarseness which last a prolonged period of time
- A sensation that something is stuck in your throat
- Numbness in the mouth
- Difficulty in moving the jaw and tongue
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Ear pain only on one side
- A sore under the denture that does not heal
- A lump or thickening that develops in the neck or mouth
- Males have a greater risk than females
We are extremely proud to announce this state-of-the-art service for screening oral cancer. Listed below are some questions and answers regarding the Velscope oral cancer screening device.
- It takes just 3-5 minute to get a comprehensive oral cancer examination in the dental office
- It is as easy as shining a light into your mouth. This will detect any abnormalities or cell changes.
- Early detection before a problem can occur
- Pain free
- Potentially can save your life
Be one of the first to get the advanced oral cancer screening. Talk to Stefanie or Barbara about the screening at your next dental cleaning. Make this a new beginning for your oral health.