These screenings are one of the most critical screenings we do here at the office of Dr. Chet Hawkins. Why? According to Cancer.net, “This year, an estimated 53,000 adults (38,140 men and 14,860 women) in the United States will be diagnosed with oral and oropharyngeal cancer. Rates of these cancers are more than twice as high in men as in women. Cancer of the oral cavity is the eighth most common cancer among men. The average age of diagnosis is 62. About 25% of cases occur in people younger than 55.” https://www.cancer.net/cancer-types/oral-and-oropharyngeal-cancer/statistics
Oral cancer includes cancers of the:
- Floor of the mouth
- Hard and soft palate
If we see any signs of oral cancer, we will utilize the Vizilit, a high-performance tool that shows abnormalities in a clear light.
Our hygienist will screen you at every cleaning, but if it has been a while since your last checkup, we encourage you to schedule an oral cancer screening. Oral cancer can be present in its early stages with very few noticeable symptoms, but if you do notice any of the following, please call us right away. Early treatment could save your life.
- A persistent sore throat or unusual feeling in the back of the throat
- Red or white patches on oral tissue
- Rough patches, lumps, or bumps on your lips, gums, or other oral tissue
- Difficulty chewing, speaking, or swallowing
- Bleeding in the mouth not caused by trauma, brushing, or flossing
- A sore on face, neck, or mouth that does not heal or bleeds easily
- Pain, numbness, or tingling of the face, neck, or mouth
- Ear pain
- Unexplained changes in the fit of your dentures or the way your teeth perform
Early diagnosis and treatment could save your life!