Mouth Cancer Awareness Month – Be Prepared
Mouth cancer is a serious issue, a disease that has been diagnosed in 40000 people in the US in the year 2014. Cancer itself is defined as an uncontrollable growth of cells that are damaging and invasive towards the surrounding tissue.
When is the last time you schedule an appointment with our Margate & Pompano dentistry practice? When was the last time you had a screening for oral cancer? If you can’t remember the last time you had a checkup for one or both of these things, then it’s time to schedule a visit with Family Dental Associates. Even though it’s a little bit later in the month, April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and our team is dedicated to helping our patients understand the importance of screening and spreading the word about this deadly disease.
Know the Signs
You might think that signs of oral cancer are pretty clear, but they can sneak up on you if you’re not getting a screening at least once a year. It is projected that over 48,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer in 2016. The sad thing is that much of the time this cancer goes undiagnosed until the late stages, when it becomes much more difficult to fight. Some symptoms of a possible problem include:
- Difficulty moving the jaw for speaking or eating
- Change in the teeth or fit of dentures
- Sudden weight loss
- Pain behind or around the ears
- Large lumps on the neck or in the mouth
- Lesions or sores in the mouth
- Blotchy patches in the mouth
People who smoke, drink alcohol, have a family history of cancer, have had excessive sun exposure, and have been exposed to human papillomavirus are at a higher risk of developing oral cancer.
Awareness and Prevention Is Key
There are huge campaigns for other types of cancers, and because of these campaigns, more people are getting screened, and breast and prostate cancer cases are getting caught early. We want to make the same happen for oral cancer. No one should have to face a grim prognosis for a disease that has the potential to be caught in the early stages. So come in and get screened today, and don’t forget to encourage your family and friends to do the same. This battle is best fought together.
Lastly, you should note is that at any sign of trouble, you should contact your dentist immediately, and to prevent that, you should visit your dentist on a regular basis, following the tips above, to make the visit that much better, and to prevent any unpleasant situations that might otherwise arise.