Oral Cancer Awareness – Your Best Defense
Were you aware of the fact that three Canadians die from oral cancer every day? As a matter of fact, more individuals die from oral cancers than skin or cervical cancer. And since two-thirds of all oral cancers are detected during the late stages of this disease, there is often a poor prognosis. When it is detected late, there is a frightening 55% 5-year survival rate. However, when it is detected early, the survival rate increases to up to 90%. Therefore, it is critical to detect oral cancer early before this disease advances further. This is why we make sure to carefully watch for telltale signs such as discoloration and lumps and conduct an oral cancer screening each time you visit us. You can rest assured that here at Collins Bay Dental we have the expert training and skill to detect oral cancer and numerous other diseases of the mouth.
Awareness is the first step towards prevention
This disease is affecting more individuals now than at any time in the past. In 2017, there were 4,700 Canadians who were diagnosed as having oral cancer. This is almost double the number of people who were diagnosed with this condition ten years earlier in 2007.
Oral cancer usually does not cause any discomfort or pain during its most treatable, earliest stages.
If oral cancers are left undiagnosed, they can progress into more advanced phases.
However, there is an 80% to 90% survival rate when it is diagnosed in time.
We strongly anyone who is 18 years or older to get a yearly oral cancer screening as part of their regular hygiene checkup.
What you can do between visits
Reduce any lifestyle-related risk factors that you might have. Those include poor oral health, consuming a diet that is low in fruits and vegetables, sun exposure, drinking alcohol, and smoking.
Check for the following telltale signs of having oral health problems: bleeding inside your mouth, loss of sensation in your cheeks or lips, ill-fitting dentures, loose teeth, thickening of your cheek lining, mouth pain, mouth sores that do not clear up in 14 days.
If you haven’t had a dental appointment in a while, please contact your dentist today. This will not only help to ensure that you do not have gum disease or tooth decay, but will also screen for telltale signs of any oral health problems. That way, you will be able to feel secure about both your overall and oral health.
For all of your dental and oral health care needs, contact Collins Bay Dental today!