What is an oral cancer screening?
At BLUSH Dental Studio in East Point, Georgia, patients have access to quality dental care with the BLUSH Dental Studio team. Additionally, we provide extra services to ensure overall health and well-being, including oral cancer screenings. But what is oral cancer, and how is it diagnosed? How dangerous can it be? Our team is available to help answer your questions and encourage you to consider regular oral cancer screenings with the team.
What is oral cancer?
Oral cancer is a variety or kind of cancer known to form in the tissues in the mouth or throat. It can affect any area of a patient’s mouth. This includes the gums, lips, cheeks, tongue, and the roof and floor of the mouth. Oral cancer might also spread to other parts of the body, such as the neck lymph nodes.
While oral cancer is not as common as other types of cancer, it is still a serious disease that can be life-threatening. According to the American Cancer Society, the actual risk of developing oral cancer, or oropharyngeal cancer, within one’s lifetime is 1 in 60 for men and 1 in 140 for women. 2022 statistics account for 54,000 new cases this year alone, with 11,230 deaths. This is why early detection is so vital for oral cancer, as it can be treated when small and significantly improve one’s chance of overcoming it, experiencing remission, and stopping the spread.
What can I expect at my oral cancer screening with BLUSH Dental Studio?
At BLUSH Dental Studio, we take your oral health seriously. That is why our team offers comprehensive oral cancer exams to all of our patients. During an oral cancer screening, our dentists will visually and physically examine your mouth for any signs or symptoms of cancer. We will also feel for any lumps or bumps on the outside of your neck. If we notice anything abnormal, we may recommend further testing, such as a biopsy, to confirm whether or not you have oral cancer. Cancers may be considered mouth or throat cancer, and treatment varies depending on the type, spread, and severity.
Oral cancer screenings are fast and easy. They could save your life! We recommend that all adults over 18 get an oral cancer screening at least once every year. You may need to get screened more often if you have a family history of oral cancer or other risk factors.
Schedule your oral cancer examination today!
If you are due for a thorough oral cancer screening and live in or around the area of East Point, GA, call our team today at (404) 595-5104. Located at 1203 Cleveland Avenue, Suite 100, our team can provide services to patients in East Point and the surrounding cities, including Atlanta, College Park, Hapeville, South Fulton, Riverdale, Jonesboro, Union City and more
Dr. Carter is a Licensed Dentist in the State of Georgia and a member of the American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association, North Georgia Dental Society, Georgia Dental Society, Hinman Dental Society, and Honorary Society of Dental Volunteers.