Dentists Look For These 6 Symptoms of Oral Cancer
Dentists Detect Oral Cancer Too
Dentists don’t just diagnose cavities & gum disease, your dentist can also detect oral cancer.
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, about 51,550 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year.
This includes those cancers that occur in the mouth itself, in the very back of the mouth known as the oropharynx, and on the exterior lip of the mouth.
That number represents a significant increase in the rate of occurrence of oral and oropharyngeal cancers over the past decade.
Fortunately, oral cancer can be detected early. And your dentist can be the key to your diagnosis.
Since April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, we thought it timely to share some more oral cancer news.
6 Symptoms of Oral Cancer
CONSULT YOUR DENTIST IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY OF THESE 6 SYMPTOMS:
1. Any sore that persists longer than 2 weeks
2. Red or white patches in the mouth or on the lips
3. Swelling, growth or lumps anywhere in or around the mouth or neck
4. Repeated bleeding from the mouth or throat
5. Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving your jaw or tongue
6. A change in the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth
Want to know more? Watch this video from Delta Dental of New Jersey.
Wayne NJ Dentist: Oral Cancer Screenings By Frank V. Maldonado, D.D.S.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Dental Patient News and has been republished here with permission. It has since been updated for accuracy & comprehensiveness.