It’s important for everyone to have an oral cancer screening at least once per year, especially those who smoke or drink heavily.
San Mateo, CA (PRWEB) March 24, 2014
April is Oral Cancer Prevention Month and Dr. Michael Wong of San Mateo Center for Cosmetic Dentistry supports the fight by offering free oral cancer screening with appointment for the entire month of April. Oral cancer begins in the mouth or in the throat and it can be particularly dangerous because without a proper screening, it can go virtually unnoticed by the patient in the very early stages. However if caught early, the diagnosis at this point is vastly better than when the oral cancer has metastasized to a different location. Oral cancer can show without any pain and unfortunately has a large reappearance rate. Proper screening is very important for early detection.
The best way to check for oral cancer is through a screening with your dentist, here are a few ways to check at home:
- An unusual lump or ulcer in or around the oral cavity (can be on the tongue, lips, cheek lining, gums, floor of the mouth, or the roof of the mouth).
- Inflammation in lymph nodes in the neck.
- Pain and/or difficulty swallowing.
- Chronic hoarseness, sore throat, or persistent cough.
- Numbness or tingling.
Out of the 42,000 Americans that will be diagnosed this year with oral cancer, almost half will be alive in five years. And this is largely due to the fact that oral cancer is discovered quite too late.
Those who are at a higher risk of developing oral cancer drink alcohol and smoke tobacco. While statistically, people over the age of 40 are the ones who have oral cancer, recently a large amount of those in their 30’s and 40’s who do not drink or smoke yet still have oral cancer.
It’s important for everyone to have an oral cancer screening at least once per year, especially those who smoke or drink heavily. To schedule a free oral cancer screening in San Mateo, please visit http://www.cosmeticdentistsanmateo.com/contact-the-san-mateo-center-for-cosmetic-dentistry.
Remember that April is Oral Cancer Prevention Month so make sure to call San Mateo Dentist Dr. Michael Wong today to make an appointment and receive a free oral cancer screening. Remember prevention starts today so make sure to ask your dentist for some ways to reduce the chances of oral cancer.
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