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Screening for oral cancer is becoming more important than ever. Our goal is to diagnose oral cancer in its earliest stage. The key to survivability for oral cancer, like any cancer, is early detection combined with early treatment. This is crucial because cure rates for this type of cancer are typically low, in fact, oral and pharyngeal cancer kills 8,000 people every year. With National Oral Cancer Awareness arriving in April, we in the dental community work to increase cancer awareness in our patients.

Risks for Oral Cancer

In the past, the highest risk for oral cancer was linked to smoking, tobacco use, and excess alcohol consumption. Of late, however, this cancer is rising in the younger generation, because of HPV, and today, contracting HPV (the human papillomavirus) is the leading cause of oral cancer.

Signs of Oral Cancer

  • Sore throat and neck mass.
  • Sores in the mouth that bleed easily and don’t seem to heal.
  • How your bite is working; if the teeth fit together properly when you are biting down.
  • If you have a thick lump, hard spot, or a rough, crusty area in the mouth.
  • Tenderness, pain or numbness in the mouth.

April is a prime time to schedule a dental checkup and cancer screening, not just for healthy teeth and gums. Regular yearly checkups and screenings can literally save your life. To schedule a visit with Dr. Jeffrey Lash, please call our The Gentle Dentist team in Spring Hill, Florida at 352-398-4064 today.