THIS YEAR ALONE, 400,000 people throughout the world will be diagnosed with oral cancer. 40 percent of those diagnosed won’t live another five years. Oral cancer has such a dismal survival rate because it’s usually not detected until very late in its progression. Because April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, we’re encouraging everyone to get screened this year during their regularly scheduled checkups.
Did you know: Every time you come into our office for a teeth cleaning appointment, our Hygienists do an oral cancer screening for you?
Early Detection Is Vital
Early oral cancer detection can boost survival rates to 80–90 percent! One of the reasons oral cancer goes undetected is because many of the symptoms are not painful. If you experience any of the following symptoms, please let us know right away:
- A lump or thickening of your cheek
- A white or red patch on any part of your inner mouth or throat
- A sore inside your mouth that doesn’t heal within two weeks
- Difficulty moving your tongue or jaw
- Numbness inside your mouth
- Chronic difficulty swallowing or chewing
- Jaw swelling
The Best Offense Is A Good Defense
Keep regularly scheduled cleaning appointments and screenings. Doing so GREATLY increases the likelihood that any problems will be detected early. It’s worth it.
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 questions about oral cancer or any of the symptoms mentioned above, and share this information with someone you love!
Our team here at Gunnerson Dental, in Payson, Utah, are doing our part to fight cancer. We are raising money for Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society. Want to know how you can help? For more info, call or stop by our office today!