The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 36,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year, and the disease will cause over 6,000 deaths. The single greatest factor affecting the oral cancer survival rate is the stage at which the cancer is discovered. Detecting the disease in its earlier stages can mean the difference between life and death. Each time you visit our office, we will examine you to look for signs of oral cancer, as part of your routine dental checkup. Skipping your semi-annual dental appointment means that you’re not getting the oral cancer screenings you need to protect your health. Don’t gamble with your good health. Make your oral cancer screening appointment with Dr. Thomas, Dr. Poole, or Dr. Weisenburger at Dental Group West today. Dental Group West proudly serves patients of all ages Toledo, OH, Bowling Green, Sylvania, Oregon, Perrysburg, and the surrounding communities.
What Causes Oral Cancer?
Oral cancer can develop in anyone at anytime, but men are twice as likely to develop the disease as women, and the risk for everyone increases with age. The exact triggering mechanisms that cause the changes in DNA that lead to oral cancer is still unknown. However, behavioral factors that heighten the risk for developing oral cancer include:
- Using any tobacco products
- Drinking alcohol
- Poor oral hygiene
- Poor nutrition
- Contracting the human papilloma virus (HPV)
- Excessive sun exposure
What are the symptoms of Oral Cancer?
The most common oral cancer symptoms include:
- red or white patches in or near the mouth
- a lump anywhere near your mouth or throat
- mouth ulcers that don’t heal
- persistent pain in the mouth
- changes in the tone of your voice
- swollen lymph nodes
- sudden unexplained weight loss
- bleeding or numbness in the mouth
- loosened teeth
- difficulty moving your jaw or chewing
- pain or difficulty when swallowing
If you, or someone you love, are at a heightened risk for developing oral cancer, make an appointment with Dental Group West for an oral cancer screening today. The experienced dentists of Dental Group West are trusted general dentistry practitioners, now proudly serving families throughout Toledo, OH, Bowling Green, Sylvania, Oregon, Perrysburg, and nearby areas.