Dentist, Edward Filangeri provides dental treatment services in Lake Ronkonkoma New York. Our dental care services include: Family, Childrens, Cosmetic, General, Dental Implant, Orthodontic, Restorative and Preventive Dentistry. Other dental treatment services include: dental root canal treatment, gum disease treatment, oral cancer screening, dentures, sleep apnea, white dental fillings, dental crowns, bridges and veneers, smile makeovers, dental digital imaging and oral hygiene care.
Monday, 2 July 2012
Oral Cancer Facts
According to The Oral Cancer Foundation,
someone dies from oral cancer every hour of every day in the United States
alone. Over 300,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed every year,
worldwide. This serious dental disease which pertains to the mouth, lips or
throat is often highly curable if diagnosed and treated in the early stages.
Oral Cancer Risk Factors:
Tobacco use is the number one risk factor in
oral cancer. Studies have shown that at least 75% of those diagnosed were
either current or former tobacco users. Heavy use of alcohol among tobacco
users has been proven to have a 15% greater risk of developing oral cancer than
tobacco users that aren't heavy alcohol users. Age and prolonged exposure to
radiation or sunlight are contributing factors as well.
Oral Cancer Signs & Symptoms:
Unfortunately, in its early stages, oral
cancer can go unnoticed. Oral Cancer could look like a common ulcer, cold sore
or a discoloration of tissue. Fortunately, your dentist can see or feel if a
lesion looks cancerous. If you have any type of lesion in your mouth, or on
your lips, that doesn’t heal within two weeks, or a difficulty in swallowing
for a prolonged period of time, it is very important to see your dentist right
Oral Cancer Treatment:
If your dentist does find a suspicious lesion
in your mouth, he / she might remove it, but will most likely send you to a
specialist for a removal and biopsy, which is a painless procedure.
If oral cancer is detected early enough, it
could possibly be treated with surgery alone. Radiation combined with surgery
would likely be used if the cancer is in its advanced stages.
Oral Cancer Prevention:
The best preventions of oral cancer are not
to use tobacco of any kind and only drink alcohol in moderation. Avoid prolonged
exposure to sun or use a sunscreen on your lips. Visit your dentist every 6
months for regular check ups. When your dentist examines your mouth at your
routine check up appointments, he/ she is also screening you for oral cancer.
This process only takes about 90 seconds and consists of a visual examination
for any presence of cancer.
Oral Cancer Summary:
Although the number of deaths each year from
oral cancer is astounding, it is highly curable if diagnosed early. Prevention
is a key factor in oral cancer and a 90 second dental examination could save