At every hygiene appointment an oral cancer screen is performed, regardless of age, and we educate the client about risk factors. Early detection is key, so visit a dental professional regularly.
Oral cancer is becoming more common in younger Canadians. It is the 13th most common and fastest growing type of cancer.
Risk factors for developing oral cancer are:
- sun exposure of the lips
Watch for :
- red or white patches in the mouth
- lump or thickening of the tissue in the mouth, neck or face
- sores in the mouth that bleed or do not heal within 14 days
- numbness in mouth or face
- pain or difficulty swallowing, speaking, chewing or moving the tongue or jaw
- hoarse throat that last for a long period of time
- wart like masses inside the mouth