Early Oral Cancer Screenings Save Lives
Oral cancer is an extremely deadly disease. Why? Because most people don’t realize that something is wrong until it is too late. Precancerous tissues start out looking like minor irregularities on the tissues inside of the mouth, but it’s not until they are very advanced when they become uncomfortable or interfere with activities like swallowing or tasting food.
More of a Risk Than You Think
Most people don’t think they’re at risk for developing oral cancer. The truth is you don’t have to be a smoker or drink alcohol to be at risk. Oral cancers can be caused by everything from sun exposure to specific viruses. Even if your family has never been impacted by the condition doesn’t mean that you won’t be.
What We Look For
Clinical signs of oral cancer include tissues that are red, white, raised, hard lumps, differ from the opposite side of the mouth or sores that haven’t healed in a timely manner. If precancerous or abnormal tissues are noted, we will have patients return for a follow-up for us to monitor their condition. A biopsy may be needed as well. When cancerous tissues can be caught as early as possible, the treatment protocol is less invasive and more effective. Overall the prognosis is much more successful when care is sought after as quickly as possible.