Your Midland, MI, dentist routinely screens her patients for oral cancer. Why? The Oral Cancer Foundation says that close to 50,000 Americans receive that alarming diagnosis annually, and many do not survive beyond five years. That's why Dr. Kathryn Winkel performs oral cancer assessments with every six-month exam and cleaning at her office. With simple, but careful, assessments, oral cancer can be caught early and, hopefully, cured.
What does oral cancer look like?
To the average person, an oral cancer lesion may look or feel like nothing. In fact, physicians and dentists say that many individuals exhibit no symptoms of oral cancer at all, and, yet, they may have it, so all the more reason to get a painless, five-minute check with your dentist in Midland.
What does your dentist look for? Common signs of cancer include:
Who gets oral cancer?
You may be surprised to learn that anyone can get oral cancer regardless of his or her age, gender, ethnicity or lifestyle. However, men over the age of 40 seem most prone, although diagnoses among young women are increasing.
Other risk factors include:
Simply be vigilant about your oral health by,
By Kathryn Winkel, DDS
July 12, 2017
Category: Dental Screening
Tags: Oral Cancer