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Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is a disease that kills more people nationwide than either melanoma (skin cancer) or cervical cancer.

Yet many people are unaware of the need for cancer screening and regular dental exams.

Cancer can affect any part of the mouth, including the lip or tongue.  The incidence of oral cancer increases with age.  Smoking and use of smokeless (chewing) tobacco, alcohol and poor oral hygiene also increase your risk.

Symptoms of oral cancer include:
A persistent sore or irritation that does not heal

The development of red and/or white lesions

Pain, tenderness or numbness anywhere in the mouth or lips

A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area

Difficulty in chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving the jaw or tongue

A change in bite

Periodic oral examinations are essential to maintain good health.  During a dental examination, we can screen for pre-cancerous changes in your mouth and help detect cancer at a stage when it can be treated most successfully.

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