April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month and it’s Our Job to Educate our Patients & Followers.
There is no time like the present to be assured that your oral health is in good standing. Oral Cancer is a very real and very scary disease that many people are not always aware of. It’s our job to educate our patients and our followers on the signs, symptoms, and ways to prevent this deadly disease. Make sure to call us today to schedule your quick & pain free oral cancer screening – 732-449-2228.
Close to 49,750 Americans will be diagnosed with oral oropharyngeal cancer this year. It will cause over 9,750 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day.
One of the scariest parts of this cancer, is that in its early stages, it can go easily unnoticed. It can be painless, and little in the way of physical changes may be obvious. The good news is however, that during your routine dental check up we can, in many cases, see or feel the precursor tissue changes, or the actual cancer while it is still very small, or in its earliest stages.
Early Oral Cancer may appear as a white or red patch of tissue in the mouth, or a small indurated ulcer which looks like a common canker sore. Because there are so many benign tissue changes that occur normally in your mouth, and some things as simple as a bite on the inside of your cheek may mimic the look of a dangerous tissue change, it’s hard to know when to get it checked out. Our rule of thumb is that any sore or discolored area of your mouth that does not heal within 14 days, should be looked at by your dentist. Other symptoms include; a lump or mass which can be felt inside the mouth or neck, pain or difficulty in swallowing, speaking, or chewing, any wart like masses, hoarseness which lasts for a long time, or any numbness in the oral/facial region. Unilateral persistent ear ache can also be a warning sign.
If you have any of these signs or symptoms please don’t hesitate to call us to make an appointment.