The most treatable cancers that attack the body are those found in the mouth. At the same time, few people realize that oral cancer is a disease that they need to be aware of. Approximately 80% of the general population is not screened on a regular basis for these easily treated cancers. Consequently, the mortality rate for oral cancer is much higher than necessary.
Most oral cancer is successfully treated when diagnosed in the early stages. Unfortunately, oral cancer is not usually discovered until the later stages when treatment is less effective. Typically, oral cancers do not manifest symptoms such as pain or significant changes in appearance, therefore they can be easy to miss. Squamous cell carcinomas are the most prevalent types of oral cancer. While you may not notice a problem when you examine your mouth in a mirror, Dr. Antoinette Liles knows what to look for. Her cancer screening can reveal problems before they have an opportunity to develop into life-threatening conditions. This simple examination could save your life.
Identify Mouth Cancer Early
Oral cancer screening is a fast, painless procedure. In just a few minutes, Dr. Liles will examine the soft tissue of your mouth, also palpitating your neck, lips, cheeks and tongue and looking for signs of concern.
Lesions in the mouth or patches of red or white that remain longer than two weeks should be examined by a dentist. Some oral cancers will manifest with an appearance similar to that of a canker sore. Lumps or nodules in any of the soft tissues around your mouth or neck should also be examined to rule out any serious issues.
Your comprehensive dental examination at Mint Dental includes a screening for oral cancers. If you notice any areas of concern between dental checkups, be sure to schedule an appointment for an examination of the questionable area. Early detection of oral cancers provides the best opportunity for successful treatment.