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Some facts about oral cancer

Oral cancer screening is a routine part of all dental examinations.

Some facts about oral cancerRegular checkups, including an examination of the entire mouth, are essential in the early detection of cancerous and pre-cancerous conditions. You may have a very small, but dangerous, oral spot or sore, and not be aware of it. During every check-up we carefully examine the inside of your mouth and tongue and in some patients may notice a flat, painless, white or red spot or a small sore. Although most of these are harmless, some are not. Harmful oral spots or sores often look identical to those that are harmless, but testing can tell them apart. The bottom line...early detection saves lives.
Here are some facts you should know:
-Cancer can effect ANY area of the oral cavity.
-Other signs include a sore that bleeds easily or doesn't heal, a color change of the oral tissues, a lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or eroded area, pain tenderness or numbness, difficulty chewing, swallowing, or speaking.
-Alcocol or tobacco use greatly increases the risk.
-Prolonged exposure to the sun greatly increases the incidence of lip cancer.
-Oral cancer is more likely to strike after the age of 40.
-Studies suggest that a diet high in fruits and vegetables may prevent the development of potentially cancerous lesions.

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