Oral cancer has a greater mortality rate than both breast and prostate cancer. Late detection of oral cancer is the primary reason for poor survival rates and prognoses. The good news is that if detected early, treatment is easier and outcomes greatly improve.
Common risks for oral cancer include but are not limited to: a history of prolonged tobacco use, tobacco use in combination with alcohol consumption, a history of cancer, and older age. Common sites of oral cancer are the lateral and under-side of the tongue, floor of mouth and soft palate. Human papilloma virus (HPV) related cancers affect areas of the throat. An important step in the early detection of the disease if regular dental visits to evaluate these areas and others in the mouth. A complete oral cancer screening provided by Dr. Chris or Jessica Tasios involves a thorough evaluation of the oral cavity (gums, tongue, floor of mouth, cheeks, palate, throat), face and neck.
If you have any questions or concerns about oral cancer please feel free ask one of our team members during your next visit.