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By Rochester Dental
July 09, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out if it’s time you got an oral cancer screening in Troy.

While oral cancer isn’t as often talked about as other cancers, it can be just as life-threatening and serious. With oral cancer on the rise, Oral Cancerparticularly in young adults, it’s now just as important as ever to see your Troy dentists Dr. Debra G. Halsey and Dr. William Carmody for an oral cancer screening. Find out what could put you at risk and how often you should get screened.

Oral Cancer Risk Factors

There are several risk factors that predispose someone to developing oral cancer:

Gender: Both oral and oropharyngeal cancers are twice as likely to develop in men than women. The cause is unknown but it may have something to do with alcohol and tobacco consumption.

Smoking: Around 80 percent of those with oral cancer use tobacco, no matter what form (e.g. cigarettes; chewing tobacco). Your risk of developing oral cancer due to smoking is determined by how long you have smoked and how much.

Alcohol: Along with smoking, alcohol also tends to be a large determinant of whether someone may develop oral cancer. In fact, about 70 percent of people with oral cancer were also heavy drinkers. If you use both alcohol and tobacco, your risk increases even more.

UV light exposure: Those who work outdoors are more likely to develop oral cancer, particularly cancer of the lips, than those who don’t. Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day and remember to reapply every two hours.

HPV infection: In recent years, this sexually transmitted infection has been linked to both oral and oropharyngeal cancers. Cancers associated with HPV have increased significantly in the US since 2000.

Oral Cancer Symptoms

Not everyone that has oral cancer will experience symptoms, but the most common signs include a persistent oral sore, a white or red patch in the mouth, a lump in the skin, jaw and tongue pain, problems chewing, speaking or swallowing, and loose teeth. If you are noticing any of these symptoms, then you need to see your Troy dentists right away for treatment.

Oral Cancer Screenings

Aside from getting a clean smile another reason why patients shouldn’t skip out on their six-month routine visits is oral cancer screenings. Even if you don’t have any risk factors for oral cancer, it’s still important to look for signs of problems. Your Troy dentists will visually inspect all areas of the mouth including the tongue, cheeks and lips to look for any sores or suspicious patches. We may even use a special light to further examine any questionable areas. If we do find something unusual, we will perform a biopsy to further test the tissue.

If you are interested in getting an oral cancer screening, or if you are noticing any sores or changes in your mouth, then it’s time to see your Troy dentists. Call Rochester Dental today to schedule an appointment.