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Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer screening is an examination that everyone should have done when they go in for their regular dental exam. Although the thought of having this type of screening may seem a little intimidating, the truth is the sooner you get this done, the better the quality of life you could expect if cancer was discovered. Even if there is a slight chance that you have the disease you will be able to get effective treatment with early intervention, which is one reason why routine dental examinations are vital. If you want to learn more about the benefits of oral cancer screening and why you should have it done then please visit our office at Henricksen Family Dental.
There are many misconceptions concerning oral cancer screening. Most people avoid it because they believe that it is an invasive procedure that requires a fair amount of cutting inside your mouth. The truth, however, is that an oral cancer screening is a non-invasive exam. Even when there is a small growth that may seem to be alarming or raise questions, our professionals try to retrieve only a small sample of the tissue in question.
An oral cancer screening should be scheduled along with your dental exam. It involves thoroughly checking your mouth, your gums, your throat, and the back of your neck. Our professionals look for any unusual growth, lesions, or tumors that they notice so that they can get it checked and treated if necessary.
The reason an oral cancer screening is so vital is that the number of cases each year is on the rise. Whether or not you have lifestyle choices that involve smoking, chewing of tobacco, or consumption of alcohol or whether or not there is a history of cancer in your family, you might be at risk for oral cancer. Many cases come up each year where people are suffering from oral cancer who have absolutely no history of the condition in the family or any lifestyle choices that should have led to the disease. When it comes to oral cancer, it is better to be safe than to risk the disease growing unchecked in your body.
While genetic history and lifestyle choices may increase the chances, just because you don't have any of them doesn't rule you out as somebody who could suffer from the disease. Regular examination of your mouth not only helps rule out oral cancer but also ensures that any precancerous growths are discovered quickly. With early intervention, these growths can be treated and removed before they cause you serious problems. If left alone, they could turn into cancer and spread throughout your mouth and throat.
Do not put off dental examinations and oral cancer screenings. Neither of them are particularly long or invasive and they can both help boost your oral health and avoid serious problems.
If you want to schedule an oral cancer screening or a dental exam, please give us a call at (360) 740-2119 or visit our office at Henricksen Family Dental so we can help you find a good time.