Early Detection is Your Best Protection
Cancer is never welcome. And especially not oral cancer, which
has a high mortality rate unless caught in the very early stages.
Unfortunately, it's painless and sneaky, often going undetected
until it's advanced far beyond what's successfully treatable. That's
why you should know and conscientiously avoid the risk factors,
and routinely undergo a meticulous professional screening by your
Chronic Irritations Create Bad Situations
The five most common risk factors for oral cancer are: tobacco
use, frequent high quantity alcohol consumption, constant sunlight
exposure, habitual cheek or lip biting, or poorly fitting dentures.
In fact, 80-90% of oral cancers are found in people who smoke or
chew tobacco, drink excessively, or do both
doubling that risk.
And anything that causes constant irritation to mouth and lip tissues
may eventually result in white patches of leukoplakia, which may
experience excessive cell growth, leading to cancer. Our part in
fighting this disease, is our thorough screening process: we check
for those tell-tale white patches, persistent mouth sores, tissue
color changes, spots of pain, tenderness, numbness, or any changes
in your bite over time. We'll also ask about lifestyle habits, difficulty
chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving your tongue. If needed,
we'll order a biopsy to eliminate concern. And your part is to simply
avoid the risk factors and be safe, not sorry!
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