Oral Cancer Screening
Dentist in Miami Beach
In the United States alone, one adult dies every hour from oral cancers. When oral cancers are identified in early stages, treatment can begin more quickly. In early stages, treatment has a higher rate of success and is less invasive. In more advanced stages, oral cancers are more likely to have spread to other areas and need complex treatment.
Dr. Maya and Dr. Bacheikov recommend having an oral cancer screening at least once each year. Regular screenings can help ensure early detection of any potential cancers.
During your oral cancer screening, Dr. Maya and Dr. Bacheikov will check for any abnormalities. We will closely examine your mouth, throat, lips, gums, and tongue.
Let us know about any potential symptoms you have experienced, including:
- Pain or difficulty with speaking, swallowing, or moving your jaw or tongue
- A sensation that something is caught in the back of your throat
- Sore throat with no other sinus symptoms
- Lumps or swellings in or around your mouth
- Drastic weight loss
- White or red patches in your mouth
- Mouth sores that do not heal
- Unexplained ear pain
- Unexplained bleeding in your mouth
If you have experienced any of these symptoms for more than a week without improvement, call us immediately for an appointment.
Factors that can lead to oral cancer
Anyone may develop oral cancer, but there are certain factors that can increase your risks. Some of the most common include:
- Being male (men are more likely to develop oral cancer than women)
- Use of tobacco in any form (6 times more likely)
- Genetic predisposition for oral cancers
- Excessive or prolonged exposure to sun
- Unhealthy diet
- Excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages
- Having gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD)
For more information on oral cancer screenings or to schedule an appointment, contact South Beach Dentistry.
The right time for oral cancer screening
The World Health Association has unmistakably identified aversion and early recognition as significant destinations in the control of the oral malignancy problem around the world. Right now, screening of oral disease, for its initial recognition, is still, to a great extent, dependent on visual assessment of the mouth. Post the investigation, proof for the same is oral mucous, which is successful in lessening mortality from oral disease in people who are exposed to different risk factors. Some ways by which you can prevent oral cancer would include:
Stop smoking or in taking any form of tobacco
Go for a healthy diet
Stop having excessive alcohol
Detection of a risk factor
In case your dentist detects something unusual, the first thing that you would need to do is stay calm. Your dentist would not be able to tell if he is looking at cancerous tumors immediately, so patience is the key. He or she would provide you with a series of tests and might also advise you to come for an additional follow-up. You, along with your dentist, would be able to set up the best prevention and cure strategies. People who are more prone to this disease would include:
Gender – Men are more likely to get this disease compared to women
- Bad habits- people who smoke and drink excessively are more prone to this
HPVP – This is a sexually transmitted disease which is associated with throat cancer