In the United States, one adult dies from oral cancers every hour. Advanced stages of oral cancers are more likely to spread to other areas and are therefore more dangerous and require more complex treatment. If they are identified in the early stages, treatment can begin more quickly and result in a higher rate of success. Early treatment is also less invasive. Because oral cancers – and oral diseases in general – do not present obvious symptoms as do other health issues, it’s recommended that you receive an oral cancer screening at least once a year. Doing so can help to ensure early detection of any potential threats.
Oral cancer can develop in anyone, but certain factors can increase one’s risk for it, such as the use of tobacco (in any form), genetic predisposition for oral cancers, excessive or prolonged exposure to the sun, an unhealthy diet, excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages, or experiencing gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD).<?p>
Additionally, males are more likely to develop oral cancers than women.
During your screening, your doctor will check for abnormalities in the mouth. The throat, lips, gums, and tongue will all be examined to assess the overall health of the mouth. Additionally, if you have experienced any of the following symptoms, be sure to let your doctor know:
Oral cancer can develop in anyone, but certain factors can increase one’s risk for it, such as:
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