Dentist Auburn, AL
Jim Phillips Jr., D.M.D. Family Dentistry
761 N Dean Rd
Auburn, AL 36830
(334) 821-5291
By Phillips Family Dentistry
February 19, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Cancer  

Oral CancerDespite the fact that the Oral Cancer Foundation has stated that the death rate for oral cancer is higher than the death rate for more commonly feared cancers including cervical cancer and skin cancer, many Auburn, AL residents aren't visiting their dentists for oral cancer screenings as often as they should. If you are one of the many people who haven't made it in to see Auburn, AL dentist Jim Phillips, Jr., DMD in a while, today is the day to change that.

As if the thought of having cancer wasn't scary enough, one aspect of oral cancer that makes it especially frightening is the fact that symptoms often do not appear until the cancer has spread. Just because you haven't noticed any symptoms doesn't mean that you aren't at risk or that you don't already have the disease. The cancer could be spreading inside you without you even knowing it. This is why routine oral cancer screening is so important.

What are the Early Signs of Oral Cancer?

While symptoms will vary by individual, the following symptoms are often associated with oral cancer: difficulty chewing or swallowing, difficulty moving the tongue, dry or irritated patches in the throat, numbness, swelling and pain. Unfortunately, these signs often do not appear until after the cancer has spread, so if you notice any of them, you will want to visit Auburn, AL dentist Dr. Phillips for an oral cancer screening right away.

How Often Should I Be Screened For Oral Cancer?

While opinions vary, on average, dental health professionals recommend that Auburn, AL residents visit their dentist for an oral cancer screening every year. The American Dental Association even goes so far as to recommend that patients receive an oral cancer screening at every routine office visit. Oral cancer is serious business, and the sooner it is caught, the better.

What are the Risk Factors for Oral Cancer?

Of course, the amount of time in between each individual patient's screenings will vary based on their risk factors, with those individuals with many risk factors being screened more frequently. Risk factors for oral cancer include: alcohol use, tobacco use, sun exposure, HPV exposure, gender, diet and age.

Oral cancer may not be as widely feared as many of the other types of cancer, but it's still just as dangerous. Protect your oral health by visiting Dr. Phillips and having an oral cancer screening done today. Your health might just depend on it.

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