Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer can often be detected early, as early as when the cells are still precancerous. In the United States, more than 40,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer each year. Every hour of every day, one person in the U.S. dies of oral cancer. Early detection of oral cancer is crucial for high survival rates and little to no side effects from treatment. Oral cancer screenings should be performed every year, so contact Ballard Dentistry in Seattle now to schedule your appointment to get screened today.
What Is An Oral Cancer Screening?
An oral cancer screening is an examination conducted by your dentists to look for signs of cancer or precancerous evidence in your mouth and the back of your throat. The purpose of oral cancer screenings is to identify mouth cancer early when there is a greater chance of successful treatment. Ballard Dentistry is proud to perform this screening during your routine dental visit.
Who Should Ask For An Oral Cancer Screening?
Ballard Dentistry in Seattle recommends oral cancer screenings for all patients, especially for patients who drink alcohol often, smoke or vape, have a history or family history of oral cancer, and for those with notable amounts of sun exposure.
If you have a lip or mouth sore that is taking a long time to heal, white or red patches in your mouth, lumps on your lip, mouth, or throat, unexpected bleeding, inflammation, or discomfort, you should contact your dentist, as these may be signs of oral cancer. Ask your dentist if oral cancer screening is suitable for you.
At Ballard Dentistry in Seattle, we believe that early detection and treatment make a huge difference in life expectancy and quality of life for our patients. Oral cancer, when detected and diagnosed early, is almost entirely curable. Ballard Dentistry is proud to offer comprehensive, compassionate, and customized care to all our patients. You deserve a healthy smile, and we are glad that you trust us with your health. You can trust us for your dental needs from professional cleanings to dental exams in Seattle. Call us to book your exam today.