According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 37,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer each year. About 8,000 of these diagnoses result in death.
Thankfully, oral cancer screenings allow our Grand Rapids dentists to catch mouth cancer in its early stages so you have the best chance for survival.
Our dentists examine your gums, cheeks, tongue, and other areas of your mouth for lesions. Our dentists also use cancer screening technology to detect cancer that can’t be seen by the human eye.
Symptoms of Oral Cancer
Oral cancer is so dangerous because people often don’t have symptoms until it’s too late. If you notice any of the following signs of oral cancer, schedule an appointment with one of our family dentists immediately. Signs of oral cancer include:
- Red or white patches in mouth
- Bleeding in mouth
- Difficulty swallowing
- Pain while swallowing
- Difficulty chewing
- Hoarse voice
- Chronic sore throat
- Persistent bad breath
Risk Factors for Oral Cancer
You are more likely to have oral cancer if you have a history of smoking, alcohol abuse, poor diet, or not using sun protection on the lips.
37,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer each year!
You may also be at higher risk if you have a family history of cancer. If you have any of these risk factors, it’s important to discuss them with one of our Grand Rapids dentists.
Our Grand Rapids, MI, preventative dentists always strive to help patients maintain good oral health by providing preventative dentistry services like mouth cancer screenings. If you are interested in scheduling a dental exam or oral cancer screening, call GR Family Dental today at (616) 455-3020, or contact us online to request an appointment.
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