Oral Cancer Screening in Lisle, IL
You may not think about it very often, but oral cancer has a sizable presence in our country. Some 42,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year -- and the disease kills at least one person every hour. Early detection can help increase chances of successful treatment for oral cancer. At your regular dental checkup, Dr. Frank Marchese or Dr. Jeanelle Marchese can perform an oral cancer screening to see if you’ve got any irregularities that could indicate the condition. Why should you have an oral cancer screening? And what are the symptoms and risk factors for the disease? Find the answers to these and other questions below.
Why Undergo an Oral Cancer Screening?
The screening for oral cancer is fast, painless, and performed while you’re already at the dentist for regular preventive care, anyway. Considering that oral cancer has an incredibly high death rate in our country (a fact we believe is due largely to a lack of awareness), more screenings means earlier detection of oral cancer, and potentially more lives saved. Let the team at Arbor Dental Care know you’d like an oral cancer screening alongside your regular checkup and cleaning, and we’ll be happy to perform this step for your overall wellbeing.
What Are the Symptoms of Oral Cancer?
A good oral cancer screening requires a thorough visual and tactile examination of your oral cavity, which includes the area inside your mouth, your throat, and your lips. When your dentist performs the oral cancer screening, he or she will be on the lookout for abnormalities that include:
- Sores and bumps that persist beyond a few days
- Red or white patches
- Lumps in the oral cavity
- Numbness in the mouth or lips
Some of these symptoms of oral cancer may not be evident on the day of your screening, so your dentist will also ask you a list of questions to accompany the exam -- like have younoticed any changes in your oral structures lately? A change in the tone of your voice, how your face looks, or the way your teeth fit together? This information helps us understand just what’s going on with your oral health. If we do find any suspicious areas in the mouth, a biopsy may be performed to determine whether further treatment is necessary.
Risk Factors for Oral Cancer
While all adults can benefit from regular oral cancer screenings, patients who are at an increased risk for oral cancer should be especially vigilant in their regular screenings. The risk factors for oral cancer are:
- Tobacco use
- Heavy alcohol use (especially combined with tobacco)
- Age (people older than 50)
- Frequent exposure to UV light
- Human papilloma virus (HPV)
Let your dentist know if your risk for oral cancer is elevated due to one or more of these risk factors.
Schedule Your Oral Cancer Screening Today
When was your last oral cancer screening? If the answer is “never,” or “I can’t remember,” don’t wait to schedule one with your dentists at Arbor Dental Care. The oral cancer screening is a quick, painless move that could potentially save your life. Request your appointment online today! Arbor Dental Care welcomes patients from Lisle, Naperville, Downers Grove, and all surrounding Illinois communities.