According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 37,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer each year.
Approximately 8,000 of these diagnoses result in death. It is important to catch oral cancer as early as possible.
Oral cancer symptoms include:
- Red or white patches in mouth
- Bleeding sores in mouth
- Pain or difficulty while swallowing
- Difficulty chewing
- Hoarse voice or chronic sore throat
Benefits Of Oral Cancer Screenings
If you recognize the signs of mouth cancer, call our office as soon as possible. Our dentist will be able to perform an oral cancer screening to determine your next steps.
Our team is trained to recognize mouth cancer symptoms and pre-cancerous conditions. During your oral cancer screening, our dentist will examine your mouth, as well as feel oral and neck tissues to detect abnormalities. If we find an area of concern, we may refer you to a specialist for further examination.
The best way to prevent oral cancer is to avoid tobacco products, drink alcohol in moderation, and eat healthy. If you spend a lot of time outside, we recommend always using sun protection on your lips. It’s important to discuss your risk factors with our dentist so he can make sure you get your routine oral cancer screening.
Dr. VanSlambrouck DDS and his team offer preventive dentistry services so you can protect your oral health for years to come. To schedule an oral cancer screening with our Holland dentist, call VanSlambrouck Family Dentistry at (616) 394-4700.