We Remind All Of Our Valued Patients That Early Oral Cancer Detection Saves Lives
ITS SOMEWHAT SURPRISING THAT ORAL CANCER DOESNT GET THE PRESS that other types of cancer seem to get. The numbers are significant. In the United States alone, over 35,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer every year. Here at L&M Orthodontics, early detection is very important because it can boost survival rates to 8090%! Unfortunately, many times if people do not visit dental professionals regularly enough, the cancer is not diagnosed before it reaches a more advanced stage.
So, why does oral cancer so often go undetected? One of the reasons is because many of the symptoms are not painful, and people just dont know. Sadly, detecting oral cancer in its later stages significantly lowers survival rates.
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, if you experience any of the following symptoms, you should have a professional take a look:
- A sore inside your mouth that doesnt heal within two weeks
- A lump or thickening of your cheek
- A white or red patch on any part of your inner mouth or throat
- Chronic difficulty swallowing or chewing
- Difficulty moving your tongue or jaw
- Numbness inside your mouth
- Jaw swelling
And of course, it goes without sayingthe best offense is a great defense… That is, take care of your teeth and get them checked regularly. Doing so GREATLY increases the likelihood that any problems will be detected early. Its absolutely worth it, so make your appointment today.
As your trusted, lifelong oral health partner, we want to keep you and your loved ones as healthy as possible. Let us know if you have any questions about oral cancer or any of the symptoms mentioned above. And share this information with someone you love! Staying informed helps us all stay healthier.
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