Oral Cancer Screening


Why is it important to have an annual oral cancer screening?

Oral Cancer Screening might not be as widely discussed as cavities or gum disease in the dental office, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t just as important. In fact, quite the opposite, statistics show that one person dies from this type of cancer every hour on average. With early detection and diagnosis, oral cancer is a treatable condition with very a favorable outcome. Because we understand the importance of oral cancer detection, Dr. Conley and our dental hygienists perform oral cancer screenings as an essential part of every hygiene recare visit.

Why You Need Oral Cancer Screening

While it’s true that oral cancer is sometimes quite obvious – such as a sore that won’t heal or a lump or pain in the mouth or throat – there are other times when oral cancer might be present with absolutely no symptoms whatsoever. Fortunately, Dr. Conley will incorporate a regular oral cancer screening into your routine cleaning appointment. Remember, when it comes to oral cancer, it’s always better to detect and treat the condition as early on as possible.

Why is it important to have an annual oral cancer screening?

There are a wide variety of reasons why a person develops oral cancer. Some people may have a genetic predisposition towards developing this and other types of cancer, which might be a contributing factor. But quite often oral cancer is caused by personal habits. If you smoke, chew tobacco, or drink excessive amounts of alcohol, you could be increasing your risk for oral cancer. Talk to Dr. Conley regarding how to modify your habits to reduce your risk of forming this condition.


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