Did you know that oral cancer kills more Americans each year than either melanoma (skin) or cervical cancer? Although quite preventable, most oral cancer diagnoses are made after it has advanced, greatly reducing the patients survival chances. In fact, 50% of patients diagnosed with oral cancer won’t live more than 5 years. Common risk factors for oral cancer include:
About 25% of patients diagnosed with oral cancer however have no risk factors at all. Visiting your dentist routinely can help increase the likelihood of early diagnosis, treatment and survival.
During your oral cancer screening in Phoenix we will perform both a visual and physical examination. During the visual oral cancer examination we will check your entire mouth and lips for any signs of bumps, lumps or odd patches of skin. The physical examination involves feeling the inside and outside of the mouth and even jaws to check for any oddities within the tissue.
In the event that any risk factors or signs of oral cancer are noticed, Encanto Family Dental Care will refer you to a specialist who can provide further testing, diagnostics and treatments.
When is the last time you were examined for oral cancer? Schedule your appointment with Encanto Family Dental Care for your oral cancer screening in Phoenix, AZ.