Oral Cancer Screenings
Improve Your Odds With Early Diagnosis
Hundreds of thousands of Americans live with oral cancer today. Oral cancers are some of the most dangerous cancers known to doctors, and early diagnosis is crucial to managing and beating the disease. Most patients first show symptoms such as a mouth sores, lesions, or discoloration of tissue. If you notice signs of oral cancer, you should speak with an oral health professional. Cape Dental Care offers patients throughout Cape Coral and the Lee County region with expert screening services, with over twenty-five years of experience.
Oral Cancer And Its Effects
Oral Cancers are a variety of head and neck cancers, and can present themselves as mouth cancer, tongue cancer, or lip cancer. Most oral cancers first present themselves as small sores or lesions that fail to fully heal. As oral cancer worsens, you may experience a variety of complications. These can include open or bleeding sores, trouble swallowing or speaking, swelling or severe discoloration of tissue, and severe discomfort and pain. Sadly, more than 37% of oral cancer cases are fatal. In 2013 alone, more than 135, 000 deaths were related to mouth, lip, or tongue cancers. But survival rates dramatically increase the earlier your cancer is diagnosed and treated. Between 80% and 90% of patients survive oral cancer when it is found in its first stage.
When Should I Be Screened For Oral Cancer?
If you have found a lesion, sore, or discoloration in your mouth, you should keep close watch on how it heals. If it does not heal within two weeks’ time, seek professional help immediately. Tissue damage or discoloration does not always mean cancer, but professional screening, followed by a biopsy, is the only way you can confirm or rule out cancer’s presence. Certain people may be at higher risk for oral cancers. Oral cancers occur more often in people who are:
- Over 35
- Have a history of tobacco use or heavy drinking
- Have a history of oral cancer in their close family
- Carry the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
- Have a poor diet.
If you feel you are at risk for oral cancer, you may wish to make oral cancer screenings a regular part of your oral care program.
What Is The Procedure For My Oral Cancer Screening?
Cape Dental Care’s oral cancer screening process is a gentle, minimally invasive procedure. Our initial check involves a visual and tactile examination of your mouth. With the help of a small flashlight, our doctors check your tongue, gums, and oral lining for any signs of lesions or discoloration. Then, using a gloved hand, we gently feel for any damage or irregularities. If symptoms of oral cancer are found, we suggest a biopsy to confirm or rule out cancerous growth. While Cape Dental Care’s screenings are comfortable and gentle procedures, we understand that you may find visits to the dentist or stress regarding your symptoms difficult to manage. For this reason, we offer our Patient Comfort Promise:
Cape Dental Care is committed to ensuring your visit is as pleasant and comfortable as possible. Our dentists and support staff provide every patient with the utmost of courtesy and gentle dental care. Each treatment takes place in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, and every patient room offers a therapeutic view of our soothing and beautiful aviary. We also offer a wide range of anesthetics, sedatives, and pain relief options for patients whose treatments or personal needs demand them. Do not hesitate to discuss any concerns with your dentist. We guarantee every effort will be made to accommodate your needs or requests.
If you have comfort concerns about your oral cancer screening, speak with one of our staff and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Book Your Oral Cancer Screening Today
Survival rates are greatly improved by the early diagnosis of oral cancer. If you are suffering from symptoms, it’s important you act quickly. Contact our office today to book your appointment.