As November begins, we are reminded that the year is almost over. We prepare for holiday celebrations and give thanks for the many blessings in life. Hopefully all are giving thanks for their health and well-being this month. While November is a month to be thankful, it can also be a time to take charge of oral cancer. Oral cancer is very ambiguous but can easily be identified by a dentist.
Oral cancer can affect your lips, cheek lining, gums, the front part of your tongue, floor of your mouth beneath the tongue and the hard palate that makes up the roof of your mouth, and your throat. Over 42,000 Americans are diagnosed each year with oral cancer affecting their oral health. There is only a 64 percent survival rate in Americans with oral cancer. Rather than leaving your oral health to chance and possibly being affected by oral cancer, be aware that Dr. Rich is trained in preventative screenings to make sure you are not at risk and to catch oral cancer early.
The Oral Cancer Exam is a quick and painless eight step process that Dr. Rich uses to examine your mouth and surrounding areas for oral cancer. During this exam, Dr. Rich will inspect your face, neck, lips and mouth. He will feel all areas of your neck, jaw, and floor of your mouth for unusual lumps that may be a sign of cancer. He will then check the color and texture of your tongue, lips, gums, and cheeks for anything abnormal. This exam allows Dr. Rich to determine if you have any current concerns that need to be examined further.
This Oral Cancer Exam is another reason to be thankful in November. Early detection allows doctors the chance to catch oral cancer before it spreads so that you can be one of the 64 percent that survive. A quick phone call is all it takes to set up an appointment to get a quick screening to make sure you do not have the beginnings of oral cancer.
Information retrieved from: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services