Early Detection Of Oral Cancer

Early Detection Of Oral Cancer

It’s time for your dental spring cleaning!

The month of April not only signifies the beginning of Spring, but it also is Oral Cancer Awareness month. As you start your spring-cleaning at home, be sure that you have scheduled your dental spring screening as well. Oral cancer affects almost 50,000 Americans each year. By visiting your dentist regularly, Drs. Hochberg and Diora can help detect any early signs of this deadly disease.


What you need to know

Research has identified a number of factors that are considered contributors to the development of oral cancer. Through time and study, researchers found that those at especially high risk of developing oral cancer have been  drinkers and smokers over the age of 50. However, today there are also concerns related to the potential risk of oral cancer in the younger generation. A new form of inhaling nicotine, vaping, has harmful chemicals which are yet to be tested and could be cancer causing. Another contributing factor is the human papillomavirus 16 (HPV), which has been identified as a factor in the rise of oropharyngeal (oral)cancer.  HPV attacks the tonsillar tissue, including the base of tongue, in our younger populations which can potentially lead to the development of oral cancer. It’s extremely important to note that oral cancer can affect anyone no matter the age; being vigilant in your oral healthcare routines and daily habits can help.


What are the signs to look for?

  • Continous soreness or irritation
  • Thick skin tissues, lumps, rough spots, crusty areas
  • Pain, red or white patches inside of the mouth or lips
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking
  • Issues with jaw function

If you notice any of the symptoms above – don’t wait. It’s always better to, ‘be safe than sorry’. Early detection increases the opportunity to provide care when needed! The early the diagnosis, the better the prognosis. And at Colony Square Dental Associates, oral cancer awareness is an integral part of every examination.



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