Oral Cancer Screening
If you have a history of oral cancer in your family, you may have a concern about developing it yourself. At Picasso Dental Care our dentists can detect all forms of oral cancer which may develop in the lip, tongue, cheek, floor of the mouth, and the hard palate.
You May Be at Risk for Developing Oral Cancer
Anyone over the age of 50 will be more likely to get oral cancer. Males are more likely to develop oral cancer than females. People who smoke will be six times as likely to develop oral cancer compared to nonsmokers. Smoking marijuana also puts you at a higher risk of developing oral cancer. Anyone drinking excessive amounts of alcohol will be six times more likely to develop oral cancer. Having a family history of cancer and poor dietary habits puts you at an increased risk for oral cancer.
If You Have a Lump Have Us Check it
Oral cancer may include multiple noticeable symptoms that can point to the disease. The first sign of oral cancer is a lump that may develop on your lips, gums, or inside of your mouth. If your growth comes with any soreness, swelling, crusts, or eroded developments that have red, white, or speckled coloring then it may point to oral cancer. Oral cancer may cause unexplained bleeding in your mouth. A growth from oral cancer may cause a chronic sore throat and it can also be responsible for causing slurred speech and numbness. If you notice any of these changes, schedule an exam with our dental professional right away.
We Can Treat Oral Cancer with Therapy or Surgery
If you develop any kind of cancer it will spread rapidly. It is especially important to follow good oral hygiene habits and be sure to visit your dentist every six months for an exam and cleaning if you are concerned about developing oral cancer. When the cancer is found early, it can be treated with radiation therapy or surgery.
Targeted therapy is a new treatment option. This alternative makes use of prescription drugs that precisely target and attack cancer cells. When diagnosed, your available treatments will depend on your general health, where the cancer began, the tumor’s size and type, and whether the cancer has spread. Following your diagnosis, we will refer you to a specialist who can choose the best individual care plan for you.
Schedule Your Screening Now
At Picasso Dental Care our dental health professionals encourage preventative dentistry. We educate all of our patients about the positive effects of taking care of your dental health before it is too late, saving you complications in the future as much as possible. If oral cancer is a higher risk for you, schedule your oral cancer screening now. Let us be your family's trusted dental health care provider by calling (951) 383-2021 now to speak with a consultant.