In 2018, approximately 52,000 patients were diagnosed with oral cancer in the United States. Of these diagnoses, over 75% were linked to lifestyle habits, such as tobacco use or excessive consumption of alcohol. While avoiding these habits can reduce an individual’s risk of developing oral cancer, everyone is at risk. There are several different types of oral cancer, including melanoma, adenocarcinoma, and teratoma, the most common of which is malignant squamous cell carcinoma. This type of cancer typically originates in the mouth tissue and lips, although oral can also occur in the gums, throat, face, salivary glands, and tongue. Malignant cancers may originate in one place then spread to other maxillofacial and oral regions, resulting in secondary threats.
Oral cancer does not typically cause noticeable symptoms in the early stages. As such, one of the most effective methods for diagnosing oral cancer early is scheduling regular periodontal exams. During these exams, your periodontist will perform a thorough examination of your mouth for any indications of lesions or changes within your oral cavity.
With over 40,00 dental surgeries performed and over 12,000 dental implants placed, you can be confident that you will receive high quality care from established professionals that is designed to meet your unique needs. If you have not had an oral cancer screening in over one year or are concerned that you may be displaying symptoms common to oral cancer, schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Early treatment is the best step you can take to have a positive outcome. Contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, or our Janesville office at 608.208.1576.