Posts for: January, 2018
Have you been tested for oral cancer?
When we last left you, Dr. Florian had discussed the two common screening options for oral cancer. We want to discuss what the signs of oral cancer are and what to look for.
The American Dental Association (ADA) has found that almost 42,000 individuals are diagnosed with oral cancer each year. The best way you can detect oral cancer is through an oral cancer screening, but knowing what to look for can also be a lifesaver.
Some signs include:
An unexpected shift in your teeth
Trouble with talking, chewing and eating
Patches in your mouth that are red or white
Pain or soreness in your mouth, tongue, or lips
Irritation in your mouth or throat that won’t subside
If these signs do not disappear within 2 weeks, you need to be sure to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
If you have never had an oral cancer screening, feel free to schedule an appointment with Dr. Florian in North Royalton, OH. Detecting oral cancer in the early stages is the best way of treating this form of cancer.
Oral cancer is one of the most deadly forms of cancer—it is estimated that one person dies from oral cancer every hour—however, it is one of the most curable forms when it is detected early on.
There are two screening options used to identify oral cancer: OralCDx and Vizilite Plus. OralCDx uses a brushing technique that determines if there are any abnormal cells in your mouth that can develop into cancer cells. Vizilite Plus is the second screening; this screening option detects soft tissue in your mouth that may develop into cancer. It is important to receive an oral cancer screening in order to spot any signs of cancer before it develops into a more dangerous stage.
In order to decrease your risk of oral cancer, you should avoid certain activities including drinking alcohol, smoking, and other tobacco usages. These are not the only things that can lead to oral cancer, however, and in our next blog, Dr. Florian will discuss other signs and symptoms you should be aware of.