As with most things related to your health, prevention is key. Stopping problems before they start can help you maintain good health and can put your mind at ease. Our goal at Schrumpf & Herman Family Dentistry is to give you the tools for success when it comes to your oral and overall health. Knowing the warning signs of oral cancer can give you a headstart on a healthy life. Dr. Gregory Schrumpf and Dr. Barry Herman are here to help.
Statistics Don’t Lie
Unfortunately, oral cancer isn’t rare. In fact, 115 new cases are diagnosed in the US every day. An estimated 45,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. And even more staggering is that, worldwide, oral cancer diagnoses top 450,000 each year.
Oral Cancer Signs
So what do you need to watch for to be proactive in the fight against oral cancer? Here are some symptoms of the disease:
- A sore in the mouth or on the lips that won’t heal
- A crusty lump or bump in or near the mouth
- A patch of skin in the mouth that has a velvety texture
- Numbness in the mouth, face, or neck
- Difficulty swallowing, speaking, or chewing
- A change in the fit of your dentures
- Hoarseness or a change in your voice
The risk of oral cancer increases if you smoke or use any type of tobacco, drink heavily, get a lot of sun exposure, or have a family history of the disease. If you’ve got any of these risk factors, it’s important to eliminate the ones that you can and to be constant in your vigil to watch for the signs of oral cancer.
You’re Not Alone
At every checkup and new patient exam, Dr. Schrump and Dr. Herman perform an oral cancer screening. This simple, comfortable, and non-invasive procedure is an essential part of your oral healthcare regimen. Regular screenings at our Virginia Beach office, as well as diligent monitoring for signs of the disease between screenings, can deliver potentially life-saving benefits.
Call us today to schedule an appointment.