We may not want to think about oral cancer, but we should be aware that it's deadly and far too common. Your dentists in Miamisburg, OH, Dr. Gerald Brown or Dr. Robert Wolcott, check each of their patients for oral cancer during their six-month examinations at Miamisburg Family Dental. Also, they want you well-educated about this disease which affects thousands of Americans annually.
The statistics are alarming
According to the American Cancer Society, almost 50,000 people in the US will be diagnosed with some form of oral cancer in 2017. Because of late diagnosis and other factors, 20 percent will succumb to the disease the very same year.
Unfortunately, oral cancer knows no boundaries and can affect all kinds and ages of people. However, men over the age of 40 seem to receive the diagnosis of oral cancer more frequently, and cancerous lesions are being discovered in an increasing number of younger women in their twenties, says the Oral Cancer Foundation.
Additionally, other risk factors include:
- Excessive alcohol use
- Smoking and using smokeless tobacco
- Exposure to the Human Papillomavirus, or HPV, a sexually-transmitted microorganism
- Too much sun exposure
- A weakened immune system
Keeping ahead of oral cancer
The key to dealing with cancer is vigilance--both on your part and on the part of your dentist in Miamisburg. Here are the signs of oral cancer that you should watch for in your own mouth and face:
- A sore or red/white patch in the mouth or on the back of the throat or lips that does not heal within 14 days
- An unusual area of swelling or tenderness
- Persistent hoarseness
- Loose teeth
- One-sided ear or facial pain
- Problems with chewing, talking or swallowing
Additionally, Dr. Brown or Dr. Wolcott will inspect your mouth carefully, including the roof of the mouth, tongue, under the tongue, the lips and back of the throat. The entire process takes just a couple of minutes, and it's a great way to ensure your mouth is totally healthy.
Knowledge really is power; so know the signs of oral cancer, and be sure to keep your six-month exam and cleaning appointment in Miamisburg, OH, at Miamisburg Family Dental. Your dental team will assist you in having the best oral, and systemic, health possible. Call the office today: (937) 866-5501.