The Importance of Oral Cancer Screenings
Over 53,000 Americans received an oral cancer diagnosis in 2019, and when it comes to this condition, early detection is necessary to catch it when it's the most treatable. If you have concerns about oral cancer or notice anything in your mouth that is out of the ordinary, visit your dentist, Dr. Robert D. Hoffmaster, DMD, of Hoffmaster Dental in York, PA. Here, Dr. Hoffmaster can address these problems during a consultation and discuss the importance of oral cancer screening.
Detecting Oral Cancer
You should never neglect symptoms of oral cancer as they may be the sign of something dangerous. Oral cancer is only treatable when your dentist detects it at an early stage. Contact our office in York, PA, if you have:
- A persistent sore throat
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing
- A lump or thickening in the cheek
- Frequent mouth sores that don't heal
- A white or red patch inside or outside the mouth
Why Oral Cancer Screenings Are Important
Oral cancer can develop in the lips, tongue, cheek, throat, and tonsils. Some genetic mutations can raise a person's risk for developing oral cancer, but common causes include immoderate alcohol consumption, smoking tobacco, or excessive sun exposure. At Hoffmaster Dental, oral cancer screenings are an essential part of your dental exam because having one can potentially save your life and increase the survival rate up to 80%.
What Happens During an Oral Cancer Screening?
During an oral cancer screening, Dr. Hoffmaster performs a thorough visual inspection of the inside of your mouth and around your neck. The doctor will be looking for unusual sores, red/white patches, and other things that seem out of the ordinary, such as lumps or swelling. If these abnormalities don't disappear within two weeks of the first exam, they may require a biopsy.
Interested? Give Us a Call
To learn more about the significance of oral cancer screening or other services we provide, visit our website. To schedule an appointment with your dentist, please contact our office in York, PA, by dialing (717) 846-9428.