According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, roughly one person dies from oral cancer every hour. Thousands of people will be diagnosed with oral cancer every year. Due to the nature of oral cancer, most patients are diagnosed with oral cancer in the most advanced stages, which vastly limits the number of treatment options available. Early diagnosis can improve your chances of receiving life-saving oral cancer treatment.
At Lassiter family Dentistry we are doing what we can to lower the death toll number associated with oral cancers. When oral cancer is diagnosed early, patients may be able to undergo life-saving treatment. We believe that preventive dental care and patient education can be effective tools to help improve your oral health. We recommend each patient visits our Kingsland dental office twice a year for a preventive care exam.
During your preventive care exam, Dr. James Lassiter will perform a thorough oral cancer screening. Dr. Lassiter will carefully check the mouth, gums, tongue, cheeks, throat, and neck for any abnormal growths or signs of oral cancer. Oral cancer is sometimes difficult to spot for untrained individuals because they rarely produce noticeable symptoms. However, Dr. Lasisiter and our dental care team are trained to identify signs of oral cancer and help coordinate the next steps in your treatment if oral cancer is suspected.
Risk Factors for Oral Cancer:
- HPV exposure
- Smoking and tobacco use
- Heavy alcohol consumption
Signs of Oral Cancer:
- Sores or patches in the mouth
- Pain, numbness, or discomfort in the mouth
- A sore throat
- A lump or growth in the mouth
- Pain or difficulty swallowing
Schedule An Oral Cancer Screening
If you are experiencing any signs of oral cancer, visit Lassiter Family Dentistry. Even if you haven’t been to the dentist in awhile, we encourage you to visit our Kingsland, GA dental office. If you need to schedule an oral cancer screening, contact Lassiter Family Dentistry.