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Did you know April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month? As unfortunate as it is it seems most of us know someone, somehow, who has a form of cancer. Tens of thousands of people are diagnosed every year in the U.S. and it is important to recognize and be aware of the symptoms and the risk factors. Most dentists perform an examination (usually on your first visit) to look for signs of cancer or any precancerous conditions. If they notice anything that does not seem to be normal it is important to see your physician right away. The goal of screening is to identify the cancer early, when there is a greater chance for treatment.
It is extremely important that you communicate with your dentist if you notice anything different in your mouth or feel anything different than usual. Somethings can’t be seen for example numbness in the mouth, face, or neck. However, with each visit, your dentist should be looking for things like:
With oral cancer, men over 40 years of age are more likely to develop it than women. Risk factors also include using tobacco, alcohol, excessive sun exposure, and genetics. Again, it is extremely important to communicate with your dentist if you notice anything unusual like difficulty chewing or swallowing as this could be a precursor to something bigger.
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