Latest News: AFC Dentistry and Advanced Dental Arts are merging in 2023!

Identify Oral Cancer Screenings

Identify Oral Cancer Screenings

When detected early, patients diagnosed with oral cancer have an 80-90% survival rate. If caught later in the development where it has had a chance to spread, there’s a 40% chance a patient with oral cancer will die within 5 years.

What makes oral cancer particularly so dangerous is that it’s often difficult to detect in the early stages. It can spread easily and swiftly as it often doesn’t cause pain or even symptoms. Oftentimes oral cancer remains undetected until it has already spread.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is most at risk for oral cancer?

People who use tobacco are six times more likely to develop oral cancer. Eight of 10 oral cancer patients are smokers. Heavy alcohol drinkers are also more at risk. 80% of people diagnosed with oral cancer consume more than 21 drinks weekly. Finally, people with a history of oral human papillomavirus infections are at greater risk of developing oral cancer even if they don’t smoke or drink.

What are the warning signs of oral cancer?

  • Red or white patches in or behind the mouth
  • Mouth sores or ulcers that bleed easily and do not heal
  • Unexplained lump in the neck, throat, or floor of the mouth
  • Difficulty or discomfort swallowing
  • Pain and tenderness in teeth or gums
  • Change in the fit of dentures or partial dentures
  • A Visible change in mouth tissue
  • Unpleasant sensations (pain, discomfort, numbness)
  • Diminished ability to perform normal functions such as opening your jaw, chewing, or swallowing
  • Unexplained swelling or fullness in the neck

How can you prevent oral cancer?

The American Cancer Society recommends a comprehensive oral evaluation and soft tissue exam annually, yet only one in five patients report having an oral cancer exam in the last year. Your prosthodontist is trained to perform a comprehensive evaluation of your mouth, including the associated structures in the head and neck area.