Is oral cancer serious?
Yes it is - it causes approximately 8000 deaths a year in the US.
Oral cancer, also known as squamous cell carcinoma, causes approximately 8,000 deaths each year in the United States. Oral cancer screening can lead to early detection and a better rate of cure. For this reason, our dental clinic provides examinations for oral cancer for our patients in Astoria, NY, Queens, NY, and surrounding areas.
The dentist examines the teeth, gums, head, neck, and temporomandibular joints, or TMJ. In addition, the dentist looks at the tongue, gum tissue, lips, cheeks, and down your throat. This is done to look for lumps or other changes in the tissue. If there is any possible reason for concern, the dentist will discuss the findings with you.
It is important to note that changes in the mouth are not necessarily a sign of oral cancer. If pathology is found, we will show it to you and talk about the best way to proceed. Depending on the individual circumstances, it is possible that our dentist may recommend waiting a few weeks to see if there is an improvement in the area. If it does not improve, you will be referred for a biopsy consultation and possible oral surgery.
It is important to understand that awareness and early detection are the best way to prevent deaths from oral cancer. For his reason, it is important to contact us to schedule an appointment for an oral cancer screening, should you notice changes or have discomfort.