Ensuring Your Oral Health: The Role of Oral Cancer Screening | Dentist Near Me

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Early detection is key to combating cancer, and oral cancer is no exception. Regular screenings are vital to detecting oral cancer early, and our dentist in Saginaw is highly trained in performing these screenings.

During your screening, we meticulously examine your lips, tongue, gums, mouth, and throat for any signs of abnormalities that could indicate oral cancer. We also take into account any symptoms you may be experiencing. If you notice any oral cancer symptoms persisting for more than two weeks without improvement, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with your dentist. Some symptoms to watch out for include:

  • Ear pain
  • Mouth sores that fail to heal
  • White or red patches in the mouth
  • Significant weight loss
  • Swelling or lumps in or around the mouth
  • Persistent sore throat unrelated to other sinus symptoms
  • Feeling of something stuck in the throat
  • Difficulty swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue

Every hour, one adult American loses their life to oral cancer. While anyone can develop oral cancer, certain factors can heighten your risk. These include genetic predisposition, prolonged exposure to the sun, an unhealthy diet, smoking, chewing tobacco, and excessive alcohol consumption. Oral cancer is more prevalent in men than in women.

Regardless of the cause, the success of treatment hinges on factors such as the size, type, and stage of the cancer. Early detection significantly improves the chances of a successful recovery, with early-stage oral cancers boasting an 80–90% survival rate. Early or precancerous oral cancers are often treatable with less invasive procedures, while advanced stages may require more complex interventions due to their extensive spread beyond the mouth.

For more information about oral cancer and to schedule an oral cancer screening or comprehensive dental exam, don’t hesitate to reach out to our office. Your oral health is our priority, and we’re here to support you every step of the way.

Paul W. Allen, DDS of Saginaw
Phone: (989) 799-2870
6300 State St., Suite 3
Saginaw, MI 48603