According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 53,000 people are diagnosed with oral or oropharyngeal cancer each year, and nearly 11,000 do not survive the disease. Men and women in Commerce Township, Hartland, Milford, White Lake, and Highland, MI are not exempt from the risk. However, with early diagnosis and prompt oral cancer treatment, the prognosis is very good. Our doctors can help. They provide oral cancer screening as part of routine checkups for adults at Milford Dental and Associates.
What you need to know about mouth cancer
Cancer is simply uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells. In the mouth, this can present as:
- Tongue cancer
- Sores on the lips
- Soft tissue lesions on gums, inside cheeks, or floor of the mouth
- Cancer in minor salivary glands on the roof of the mouth
- Tumors on tonsils or oropharynx (back of the throat)
Oral cancer symptoms may mimic common, relatively harmless conditions such as cold sores or ulcers and can be difficult to see in your bathroom mirror. That makes oral cancer awareness and screening vitally important.
Prevention of oral cancer
Men are about twice as likely as women to develop oral cancer. Causes vary, and the medical research community’s knowledge continues to evolve. We know that smoking or other use of tobacco, and excessive alcohol consumption are primary risk factors. Nutrition, sun exposure, and immune system disorders also play a role, and there is a link between HPV (human papillomavirus) and some types of oral cancer.
Oral cancer screening in Highland, MI is quick and painless
An oral cancer exam adds only a few minutes to your checkup, and it does not hurt. Milford Dental and Associates uses a special light and small mirror to visually check the entire mouth, including folds and contours. Our doctors may apply a dye rinse to highlight abnormal tissues that are not readily visible to the naked eye. If any suspicious spots are discovered, they may perform exfoliative cytology (brush biopsy) or provide referral to a physician for further testing.
Your smile does not end with your teeth – your dental care shouldn’t either. You can trust the team at Milford Dental and Associates in Highland, MI to have your best interest in mind. Call (248) 685-0941 to schedule your checkup with oral cancer screening.