If there is a history of any type of cancer in your family, then you should consider getting an oral cancer screening. If there is a history of any kind of health issues in your mouth, then it’s also important to have a screening for cancer. Most dentists will perform this screening at your regular checkup, but if you notice any abnormalities or changes in your mouth, then you should consider making an appointment for an examination.
There are a few risk factors to consider for oral cancer. If you use tobacco or drink alcohol, then you’re at a greater risk. Tobacco use can include cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, or cigars. You should alert our dentist if you are around anyone who smokes as well.
One risk factor that you might not associate with oral cancer is sun exposure for long periods of time. When you’re outside without any kind of protection on your face, then the sun’s rays can begin to damage the skin on your face and can impact your mouth as well.
If you have been diagnosed in the past with oral cancer or any issues that could lead to oral cancer, then you need to have regular screenings. When you visit our office, you need to let us know if you have specific concerns about oral cancer.
With other types of cancers, there are sometimes signs that you notice right away to indicate that something is wrong. Oral cancer is a disease that usually isn’t easily detected until it begins to take over the mouth. There have been changes to the demographics of the people who have oral cancer. Younger patients have been diagnosed, which means that you need to be examined earlier in order to detect any changes that are present.
Make an appointment to have an oral cancer screening performed at Carnegie Dental Clinic so that you’re aware of any changes that take place from one visit to another. Contact us today to book an appointment at our office in Victoria.