Dr. Edwards' Blog
April Is Oral Cancer Awareness Month -- April 16, 2018
Here at Optima Dental Group, we take oral cancer checkups very seriously. We screen every adult patient for symptoms that could indicate cervical spine issues, issues with head and neck muscles and lymph nodes, the thyroid area and of course -- oral cancer.
Here are the people most at risk:
If you have any of these symptoms that won't go away for two weeks, contact your doctor or dentist for a professional diagnosis. The most common thing for a patient to say when presenting with these lesions or sores is," Oh, I have always had that" or "I've had that for a long time."
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, men are twice as likely to be diagnosed with oral cancer than women. It’s also rare for people under the age of 40 to have oral cancer. But if you have an unexplained symptom like those I mentioned above, don't wait. It may be nothing serious, but don't take any chances.
Oral cancer is very curable if caught early so don't delay. Call our office now for an emergency exam, consultation or your regular hygiene appointment where the doctor will perform a head and neck exam.
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