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April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Oral Cancer Prevention Check

Did you know that every year nearly 50,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer? While it’s a cancer that isn’t often talked about, it can be just as concerning if not detected early. In fact, more than 9,000 people in the U.S. will die from this disease. Like with most cancers, early detection is the key to successful treatment. 

What is oral cancer?

Oral cancer is a cancer that affects any part of your oral cavity, which includes:

  • Tongue
  • Cheek lining
  • Gums
  • Lips
  • Upper palate
  • Floor of the mouth

 

What are the symptoms?

Oral cancer symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • A bump or lump in your mouth or neck
  • A red or white or speckled area or patch
  • Bleeding in your mouth with no explanation
  • A lump in your neck
  • Any change in the fit of your dentures or bite

Your health is important to us. That’s why at each of your regular appointments our trained hygienists will conduct a thorough screening.  

 

Know the risks

Oral cancer is a preventable disease. You may be at an increased risk for oral cancer if you:

  • Are older than 55
  • Use tobacco (chew or smoke)
  • Drink alcohol in excess
  • Are exposed to sunlight for long periods of time
  • Have a certain type of HPV
  • Have an immune system weakened by certain medications

At Smile Care Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, a core philosophy of ours is preventative dentistry. We’d be happy to answer questions you many have about your oral health. Give us a call at 701.280.0088.

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