As April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, it's important to know about this potentially fatal disease that affects millions of people worldwide. Oral cancer is a type of cancer that affects the mouth, lips, tongue, and throat. It can be life-threatening if not detected and treated early, but it is also highly treatable when detected early.
At Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, we understand the importance of early detection, and we want to help you stay informed about oral cancer. Our experienced oral surgeons have provided care for countless patients over the years and have seen the effects of oral cancer firsthand.
Symptoms and Risk Factors
Knowing the symptoms of oral cancer is the first step in detecting it early. Some of the most common signs include:
- Sores that won't heal
- Red or white patches in the mouth
- Pain or tenderness in the mouth or throat
- Difficulty swallowing or speaking
- Swollen lymph nodes
Certain factors can increase your risk of developing oral cancer, such as tobacco use, alcohol consumption, and exposure to HPV (human papillomavirus). Additionally, men are twice as likely to develop oral cancer as women, and individuals over 45 years old are at a higher risk.
Prevention and Detection
The best way to prevent oral cancer is to avoid tobacco use, limit alcohol consumption, and practice good oral hygiene. Regular dental check-ups can also aid in early detection. During a check-up, your dentist or oral surgeon can examine your mouth for any signs of oral cancer.
At Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, we use advanced technology to detect oral cancer early. We offer comprehensive oral cancer screenings as part of our routine oral surgery consultations, and we can also provide biopsy services if needed. Our team of experienced oral surgeons will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan if you are diagnosed with oral cancer.
If you have any concerns about oral cancer, please don't hesitate to contact us at one of our three convenient locations in Tucson, Oro Valley, and Sahuarita, AZ. Our team of experienced oral surgeons is here to help you every step of the way. Don't wait until it's too late – schedule your oral cancer screening today.