ORAL CANCER EXAMINATION
Why ORAL CANCER Screenings Are So Important
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, in 2018 an estimated 51,550 new cases of oral cancers will be diagnosed in the United States. It is imperative to schedule regular oral cancer examinations with your periodontist to catch any suspicious changes and ensure early detection at a stage where cancer is easier to treat.
Malignant types of cancer can spread to other places in the oral and maxillofacial regions, posing additional secondary threats. During bi-annual check-ups, your periodontist should thoroughly check for changes and lesions within your oral cavity. This dedicated and comprehensive oral cancer screening should be performed at least once each year with an experienced dental care provider like Los Angeles periodontists, Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky.
Oral Cancer Biopsy Techniques
It is important to note that around 75% of oral cancers are linked to modifiable behaviors such as tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption. Other factors include poor oral hygiene, poor nutrition, and some chronic infections caused by bacteria or viruses. If the disease is diagnosed in its earliest stages, treatment is generally very effective.
Learn more about oral cancer treatments and prevention from The Oral Cancer Foundation.
Possible Symptoms of Oral Cancer Can Include:
Red Patches and Sores