Dental Checkups Are Not Just About Cavities
At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry we urge people to come in twice a year for a dental examination and cleaning. If you steer clear of twice-yearly dental checkups because you don’t believe you have any cavities, perhaps getting an oral cancer screening is a more compelling reason to see your dentist regularly. We urge you to have a thorough dental checkup when you come in for an oral cancer screening.
Dr. Gray and his staff help broaden awareness of oral cancer and the significance of early diagnosis. Over the last few decades, lung and breast cancer have attracted a lot of public attention. There is relatively less awareness of oral cancer even though it claims almost 10,000 lives every year in the United States.
Courtesy of the CDC, Oral Cancer Foundation, and Johns Hopkins Medicine, here are 5 vital things to know about oral (mouth) and oropharyngeal (back of mouth and throat) cancers.
1. About 80% of individuals with oral cancer use some type of tobacco (cigarettes, chewing tobacco, pipes).
2. 40% of individuals who receive late-stage diagnosis of oral cancer pass away within five years. The survival rate for early stage diagnosis is 90%.
3. In many cases, it is almost impossible for the individual to detect oral and oropharyngeal cancers because they can produce inconspicuous symptoms or no symptoms at all. Any abnormality in the mouth or throat, even if small and painless, should be checked out by a dentist or doctor.
4. HPV (the most common sexually transmitted disease in the US) is the most common cause of oropharyngeal cancer. Of the many strains of HPV, HPV16 is the one most frequently linked to oropharyngeal cancer.
5. Black males have a higher risk of dying from oral cancer than whites.
To schedule a consultation with our expert, caring staff, call us at 619-337-7700 today.
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