Catching Mouth Cancer Early with Regular Screenings for High-Risk Patients!
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What is Mouth Cancer?
Other symptoms can include difficulty swallowing, ear pain, and a change in voice.
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Who is at High Risk for Mouth Cancer?
- Tobacco use: Smoking cigarettes, cigars, or pipes, as well as using smokeless tobacco, all increase the risk of mouth cancer.
- Alcohol consumption: Heavy alcohol consumption can also increase the risk of mouth cancer.
- HPV infection: Certain strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) can increase the risk of mouth cancer.
- Poor oral hygiene: Poor oral hygiene can lead to gum disease, which can increase the risk of mouth cancer.
- Sun exposure: Prolonged exposure to the sun can increase the risk of lip cancer.
If you have any of these risk factors, it’s essential to get regular screenings for mouth cancer.
Why are Regular Screenings Important?
Early detection of mouth cancer can also improve your chances of successful treatment. Treatment options for mouth cancer include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. The earlier the cancer is detected, the more treatment options are available, and the better the chances of a full recovery.
How Often Should High-Risk Patients Get Screened?
Generally, high-risk patients should get screened every six months to a year. However, if you have a history of mouth cancer or have previously had abnormal screening results, you may need to get screened more frequently.
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What to Expect During a Screening
If your dentist or doctor suspects that you have mouth cancer, they may order additional tests, such as a biopsy or imaging tests. A biopsy involves taking a small sample of tissue from the affected area to test for cancer cells. Imaging tests, such as CT scans or MRIs, can help determine the extent of the cancer.
- Quitting tobacco: If you smoke or use smokeless tobacco, quitting can significantly reduce your risk of developing mouth cancer.
- Limiting alcohol consumption: Drinking alcohol in moderation can help reduce your risk of mouth cancer.
- Practicing good oral hygiene: Brushing and flossing regularly can help prevent gum disease, which can increase the risk of mouth cancer.
- Using sunscreen: If you spend a lot of time outdoors, be sure to wear sunscreen on your lips and face to protect against sun damage.
Remember, catching mouth cancer early can make all the difference in your treatment and recovery. So, make sure to get screened regularly and practice good oral hygiene to reduce your risk of developing the disease.
Take control of your oral health today – call us at (833) 777 – 7ACE and proceed with mouth cancer screening and reduce your risk of developing this life-threatening disease.