Oral cancer is a dangerous, deadly disease that attacks thousands of Americans every year. Unfortunately, it’s also extremely difficult to diagnose on your own or during the early stages of development.
Anyone can develop oral cancer. Even if you’re completely healthy and have never used tobacco products, there’s still a potential risk. Factors such as sun exposure, certain viruses (including HPV, which is known to cause cervical cancer), and alcohol use can all raise your chances of abnormal cell development.
Early Screenings Save Lives
The best way to combat oral cancer is to screen for it regularly and diagnose it as early as possible. When you catch the disease in its earliest stages, you have a better outlook on how treatment will play out. Unfortunately, waiting too long for an exam and diagnosis could allow the cancer to spread and become life-threatening.
Signs to Look For
During your oral cancer exam, our Princeton dentist will look for tissues that appear different than the surrounding areas. Anything from mild discoloration and surface changes will be noted. Please make us aware of any of the following cancer symptoms:
- Sores that do not heal in a timely manner
- Difficulty swallowing
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Lumps or bumps inside your mouth
- Red, white, or speckled oral tissues
- One side of your mouth looks different than the other
Request a Screening Today
Our Princeton dentist will perform an oral cancer screening as part of every routine exam. Early intervention could potentially save your life. If you’re not sure when your last oral cancer exam was or you have a suspicious area that needs to be checked, contact Prime Dental Care today to schedule an appointment.
Posted on behalf of Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ, 08540