Oral Cancer: Early Detection Saves Lives

oral cancer foundation awareness bannerIn honor of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Virginia Lee will be offering free oral cancer screenings on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 in her Washington DC office.

While oral cancer is not a rare disease, it is particularly dangerous because it tends to go unnoticed. This is not because it is difficult to see or feel, but because the idea of regular oral cancer screenings is still rather new. Nearly 50,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with oral cancer every year. It will cause over 9,750 deaths, killing one person every hour of every day. The good news is that it can often be found early in its development, through a simple, painless, and quick screening.

Who Should Get Screened for Oral Cancer?

Simply put, every adult should be screened. If an individual uses tobacco products, screening for them should begin at the age they begin tobacco use. Oral cancer can often be caught early, even as a pre-cancer. With early detection, survival rates are high. Like other cancer screenings you may engage in – such as skin, prostate, cervical, colon and breast examinations, oral cancer screenings are an extremely effective means of finding cancer at its early, highly curable stages.

Early Indicators of Oral Cancer:

  • Red and/or white discolorations of the soft tissues of the mouth.
  • Any sore which does not heal within 2 weeks.
  • Hoarseness which lasts for a prolonged time period.

Advanced Indicators of Oral Cancer:

  • A sensation that something is stuck in you throat.
  • Numbness in the oral region.
  • Difficulty in moving the jaw or tongue or in swallowing.
  • Ear pain on one side of the head only.
  • A sore under a denture, which even after adjustment of the denture, still doesn’t heal.
  • A lump or thickening which develops in the mouth or on the neck.

An oral cancer screening should be conducted every year, so take advantage of this free offer from Capital Oral & Facial Surgery Center and get screened today. Call (202) 296-6600 to make an appointment for your complimentary screening with Dr. Lee or fill out the form below.

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Source: The Oral Cancer Foundation

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