Oral Cancer Screening
Prevention for Peace of Mind
Oral cancer is the sixth most common cancer, and also has a high mortality rate.
This information isn’t to scare you, but to ensure you understand the importance of oral cancer screening. While anyone can get oral cancer, drinkers and smokers have a higher risk. The good news? Early detection can improve the outcome of this serious condition.
The first thing to always remember is to visit your dentist regularly for checkups. During your routine exam, Dr. Shaffer will check for oral cancer signs or indicators, including feeling for irregular tissues or bumps in your mouth, neck, and head. If he notices anything unusual or concerning, a biopsy may be recommended for further examination.
The number one way to prevent oral cancer is to avoid all tobacco products. Also, for your overall health, maintaining a healthy and balanced diet has more benefits than just preventing oral cancer. Other tips include limiting your UVA/UVB sun exposure, and always wear protective lotions.