According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, oral cancer roughly kills 1 person every hour, with approximately 600,000 newly-diagnosed cases each year. Here at Fort Lauderdale oral surgery practice, we recommend that those at high risk for oral cancer, namely smokers, drinkers, users of chewing tobacco perform a self evaluation monthly. When detected in the early stages, oral cancer may be more easily treated.
What You Should Know
The problem with oral cancer is how it could go unnoticed during its initial stages; it usually starts as a small white or red spot. In some cases, it starts as a mouth sore that doesn’t heal. Although around 25 percent of oral cancer doesn’t have known risk factors, those who regularly use tobacco products and alcohol seem to have higher risks of getting oral cancer.
What You Can Do
Regular dental appointments could help detect oral cancer in its early stages. A quick, painless diagnostic process referred to as brush biopsy could help figure out if the lesions are cancerous or not. Please do not ignore any suspicious lumps or sores, or pains in or around your mouth. Should you recognize any of the above signs or symptoms, please contact our office to schedule a consultation!
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