Oral cancer is one of the most under-discussed but prevalent forms of cancer. With proper screening and early diagnosis, the severity of oral cancer drops significantly. Using advanced screening equipment, your dentist can identify lesions that could indicate oral cancer, easily and accurately. These screenings are fast and completely comfortable – and best of all, they are the best possible way to ensure that your mouth is healthy and cancer-free!

Symptoms of oral cancer include:

  • A persistent sore in the mouth that doesn't heal after 10-14 days
  • A white or red spot in the mouth
  • Inexplicable pain or soreness in the throat, mouth or lips
  • Numbness of any part of the mouth
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing or moving the tongue or jaw

We recommend an annual oral cancer screening for our patients, particularly if you:

  • Are over the age of 55
  • Drink alcohol excessively
  • Frequently smoke or use smokeless tobacco products
  • Have a weakened immune system due to immune suppression drugs, such as those used for organ transplants

Men are more likely to have oral cancer than women. Recent studies have linked HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) of the mouth and throat to oral cancer.

You can reduce your risk of oral cancer by:

  • Becoming familiar with the risks and symptoms of oral cancer
  • Informing us about your risk factors
  • Avoiding tobacco and the excessive use of alcohol
  • Scheduling an oral cancer screening at least once a year

Don't become a statistic – talk to us today about the dangers and warning signs of oral cancer, and schedule a screening with you next appointment!

Laura L. Steinberg, D.D.S., P.A.

  • The Office of Dr. Laura L. Steinberg - 601 Walter Reed Dr., Greensboro, NC 27403 Phone: 336-855-1001 Fax: 336-855-1343

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