Did you know that men are at a higher risk of developing oral cancer than women? Oral cancer is one of the most deadly cancers in the United States. Frequently diagnosed in the later stages, oral cancer has less than a 50% survival rate. It is important to know the risk factors and signs of oral cancer for early diagnosis and effective treatment. Biannual dental visits are recommended for all patients. Jacksonville, FL dentists Dr. Donald Alexander and Dr. Michael Greenburg include thorough oral cancer screenings at all of their dental check ups.
Oral Cancer & Men Jacksonville, FL
It has become more apparent in recent studies that men are more likely to develop oral cancer than women. Studies show ties between exposure to HPV and increased development of oral cancer. Men as early as in their twenties are being diagnosed with oral cancer. Frequent screenings from a dentist and self oral exams can help to detect oral cancer early.
Oral cancer screenings are painless and can be life saving. Oral screenings take just two minutes to complete. Dr. Alexander and Dr. Greenberg will survey your cheeks, gums, lips and face to check for any indicators of oral cancer.
Signs of Oral Cancer
- Numbness in tongue
- Change in the fit of your bite or dental restoration
- Difficulty with swallowing or feeling of something stuck in your throat
- Red or white patches
- Small sores, or thickening of soft tissue
- Tenderness or pain in lips or gums
Being aware of any changes occurring in your mouth can help to diagnose oral cancer early. Watch all soft tissue in your mouth for these changes. If the persist for two weeks, be sure to schedule a checkup with our Jacksonville, FL dentist office. Oral cancer screenings can save lives. Call us to schedule your next dental exam in Jacksonville.