April is Oral Cancer Awareness month sponsored the American Dental Association (ADA). The ADA encourages all adults to get screened for oral cancer at least twice a year. Dr. Melvin Benson and Dr. Jacob Dunham provide an oral cancer screening during your routine visits to our Greeley, CO dentist office.
This quick, painless exam lasts about two minutes, but could add years to your life if oral cancer is spotted in the early stage when treatment is often successful. Many patients do not even realize that they are being screened for the signs of oral cancer as Drs. Benson and Dunham perform a routine examination of the teeth, gums and neck area during your regular dental checkups.
Facts About Oral Cancer
- Nearly 50,000 Americans a year will be affected by oral cancer
- Oral cancer is most common in patients over 50
- Oral cancer has been found in patients as young as in their 20s
- Men are twice as likely to get oral cancer than women
- HPV, Human Papillomavirus, is linked to increased rates of oral cancer
- Smoking, vaping or chewing tobacco can increase your likelihood of developing oral cancer
- Oral cancer is often fatal due to late term diagnosis
- Oral cancer screenings could save your life
Common Signs of Oral Cancer
Signs of oral cancer easily go unnoticed, or may be hiding in areas you can not see or feel. But, paying attention to any changes in your oral health can help for an early diagnosis. Be sure to note if you experience any of the following changes in your mouth, and contact our Greeley dentist office as soon as possible.
- Sore throat or feeling of something caught in the throat
- Thickening of soft oral tissues
- Noticeable red or white patches in the mouth
- Numbness of the tongue
- Swelling in the jaw area
- Change in the fit of dentures
- Difficulty swallowing
Oral cancer screenings are just one reason to visit Drs. Benson and Dunham in Greeley, CO twice a year. Routine dental care not only keeps your smile healthy but can also provide the opportunity to spot early signs of larger health concerns such as oral cancer. As your dentist, we consider ourselves a partner in your overall health care, helping you to enjoy the best quality go life every day.