The importance of early detection for this disease cannot be stressed enough. Dr. Foster and the team at Foster Dental Care have the skills and tools to detect oral cancer early, when the opportunity for a cure is great. At your 6-month cleanings your hygienist and Dr. Foster will examine the insides of your mouth and tongue looking for cancerous and pre-cancerous conditions.
According to the National Cancer Institute it was estimated in 2010 that 36,540 people were diagnosed with oral cancer, resulting in 7,880 deaths.1 On average, only half of those diagnosed with the disease will survive more than five years.2
Oral Cancer often starts as a tiny, unnoticed white or red spot or sore anywhere in the mouth. It can affect any area of the oral cavity including the lips, gum tissue, cheek lining, and tongue. Oral Cancer is more likely to strike after age 40. Some studies suggest that a diet high in fruits and vegetables may prevent the development of potentially cancerous lesions.
Other signs of Oral Cancer:
• A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal
• A color change of the oral tissues
• A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area
• Pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips
• Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving the jaw or tongue
To learn more, visit ADA: American Dental Association® online or talk to your health care professional.
1 American Cancer Society
2 National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health, website 2007