Oral Cancer Screenings

In the United States, oral cancer is estimated to kill one person every hour, every day.

One thing that makes oral cancer so dangerous? It isn’t usually detected until an advanced stage. The good news is that there’s a simple test that can give you an early warning about whether you’re likely to have this disease. Moreover, since early detection has been shown to increase the survival rate of oral cancer to 80% or better, this test can truly save lives. Best of all, having an oral cancer screening is part of regular dental checkups at Amara Dental.

While oral cancer still mostly affects those over 40, younger people form the fastest-growing segment among oral cancer patients today. This is primarily due to the spread of the sexually-transmitted Human Papilloma Virus (HPV16). Other major risk factors still apply: If you’re middle aged or older, a moderate to heavy drinker or a long-time tobacco user, you have a greater chance of developing oral cancer. Chronic exposure to the sun, long known to cause skin cancer, is also associated with cancers of the lips. Genetic factors are thought to have a major impact on who gets the disease as well.

Oral cancer is part of your routine dental checkup at Amara Dental — another reason for regular examinations! Screening includes a visual assessment of your lips, tongue and mouth. You may be palpated (pressed with fingers) to detect the presence of lumps and swellings, and a special light, dye or other procedure may be used to help check any suspect areas. If anything appears to be out of the ordinary, a biopsy can be easily performed.

Remember, the only way to accurately diagnose oral cancer is through a laboratory report. Early diagnosis, aided by thorough screenings at your regular dental checkups, is one of the best defenses against oral cancer.



Oral Cancer Screenings

In the United States, oral cancer is estimated to kill one person every hour, every day.

One thing that makes oral cancer so dangerous? It isn’t usually detected until an advanced stage. The good news is that there’s a simple test that can give you an early warning about whether you’re likely to have this disease. Moreover, since early detection has been shown to increase the survival rate of oral cancer to 80% or better, this test can truly save lives. Best of all, having an oral cancer screening is part of regular dental checkups at Amara Dental.

While oral cancer still mostly affects those over 40, younger people form the fastest-growing segment among oral cancer patients today. This is primarily due to the spread of the sexually-transmitted Human Papilloma Virus (HPV16). Other major risk factors still apply: If you’re middle aged or older, a moderate to heavy drinker or a long-time tobacco user, you have a greater chance of developing oral cancer. Chronic exposure to the sun, long known to cause skin cancer, is also associated with cancers of the lips. Genetic factors are thought to have a major impact on who gets the disease as well.

Oral cancer is part of your routine dental checkup at Amara Dental — another reason for regular examinations! Screening includes a visual assessment of your lips, tongue and mouth. You may be palpated (pressed with fingers) to detect the presence of lumps and swellings, and a special light, dye or other procedure may be used to help check any suspect areas. If anything appears to be out of the ordinary, a biopsy can be easily performed.

Remember, the only way to accurately diagnose oral cancer is through a laboratory report. Early diagnosis, aided by thorough screenings at your regular dental checkups, is one of the best defenses against oral cancer.



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