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Oral cancer refers to mouth cancer, tongue cancer, throat cancer, and tonsil cancer. This year alone 42,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. It will cause over 8,000 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day. Of those 42,000 newly diagnosed individuals, only slightly more than half will be alive in 5 years. The survival rate of oral cancer is not good. The death rate with oral cancer is particularly high because the cancer is often discovered late.
Oral cancer is a group of diseases that can affect your body in a number of different ways.
The most common ways oral cancer can affect you:
- You experience white or red patches on your lips, gums, tongue, or inside your cheeks
- You develop sores on your face, neck or mouth that bleed and won’t heal
- You have a persistent sore throat, or a hoarse or different-sounding voice
- You notice your teeth or dentures have shifted
- Your face, mouth and/or neck are numb or lose feeling
- You feel lumps, bumps, or swelling on your lips, tongue, gums, or within your cheeks
- You have trouble speaking, chewing, swallowing, or moving your jaw or tongue
- Your throat is sore or feels as though something is stuck in the back of it
- You are losing weight abnormally fast
Are You at Risk of Developing Oral Cancer?
Common risk factors associated with oral cancer: Tobacco (smoking, cigar, snuff, chew), excessive alcohol consumption , cancer family history , excessive sun exposure, exposure to human papillomavirus (HPV)
When the hygienists are cleaning your teeth they are also looking around at the tissue in the mouth. Plus, at your hygiene appointments the Hygienists will use the Velscope to further evaluate your mouth. Furthermore, every time Dr. Nugent sits down with magnifying glasses and head light he is looking and investigating your mouth. If there is an area of concern, Dr. Nugent will send you to his Oral Surgeons for a biopsy. The Oral Surgeons will send the biopsy to be evaluated by a Pathologist.
Oral Cancer Examinations:
Oral Cancer examinations are a billable procedure. However, Dr. Nugent does not bill for this procedure. Dr. Nugent cares for his patients and does not want cost to be a barrier for such an important screening procedure.
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