WHEN WAS YOUR LAST ORAL CANCER SCREENING?
Oral cancer is more common than many people think. The American Cancer Society estimates that over 35,000 people in the United States will develop oral cancer each year. Out of this number, about 8,000 will succumb to the disease. By knowing the risk factors for oral cancer, you can change your habits and increase your awareness. The most common risk factors include:
- Tobacco use
- Heavy alcohol use
- Family history
- Excessive UV exposure
If found and addressed early, oral cancer may not claim your life. The American Cancer Society recommends having your dentist check for oral cancer during every routine preventive dentistry appointment. This is why we offer visual oral cancer screenings, often performed with help of the innovative VELscope system.
Even if it isn’t time for your next checkup, you should call us and schedule a visit immediately if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Chronic throat pain
- Dramatic weight loss
- A change in how your teeth fit together
- A change in your voice
- Any other unexplained changes to your oral health
take oral cancer screening seriously
Your dentist will perform a thorough oral cancer screening during every checkup appointment, but you can also perform one at home (and should, at least once a month) by taking note of the symptoms mentioned above. Your dentist will also show you how to perform a visual inspection in front of a well-lit mirror at home. To schedule your next appointment, call our dental office in Syosset, NY, today at 516-433-2211 or 516-921-6930. We proudly serve the residents of Syosset, Long Island, Nassau, Suffolk, and all surrounding New York City communities.