An oral cancer screening could save your life. Theestimates that over 53,000 Americans will get oral or throat cancer this year. This is why our dentists provide oral cancer screenings to all their patients. The earlier we can detect oral cancer, the better your chances for survival.
Risk Factors for Oral Cancer
You may have a higher risk of getting oral cancer if you smoke, abuse alcohol, or don’t wear sun protection on the lips. You may also have a higher risk of developing oral cancer if you have a family history of cancer. This is why we always ask for your comprehensive family history when you first become a patient.
Even if you don’t have these risk factors, it’s still important to get routine oral cancer screenings. After all, screening for oral cancer is just one component of preventive dentistry.
How to Lower Your Risk
It’s important to understand that everyone has a. But certain factors can make it less likely for you to get the condition.
Here are some ways you can lower your risk:
- Stop smoking
- Drink alcohol in moderation
- Wear lip balm with SPF
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat when outside
- Get the HPV vaccine
What to Expect During Your Appointment
During your appointment, one of our Grand Rapids dentists will examine the inside of your mouth for red and white patches. In addition to a visual exam, the dentist will also feel along the inside of your mouth for any bumps or other abnormalities.
If they find anything suspicious, they’ll refer you to the appropriate specialist for a biopsy. The dentist may also check your neck and throat for lumps. We can do all of this during your next appointment for preventive dental care.
Request an Oral Cancer Screening
Dr. Richard Neuman and Dr. Alexis Neuman would be more than happy to help you maintain good oral health. To request an oral cancer screening with one of our , call Advance Dental at (616) 956-9183. We hope we hear from you soon!