At Greg Campbell, DDS, we strongly encourage all of our adult patients to undergo regular oral cancer screenings. The process is simple and it can save your life. Oral cancer can develop in the cheeks, lips, tongue, gums, and anywhere around the mouth. It is commonly triggered by excessive use of alcohol or tobacco, although it can also be triggered through excessive exposure to the sun.
Every year, over 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer, and nearly 10,000 of them die from it. The death rate for this terrible disease is particularly high because it is often discovered in the later stages of its development.
The good news is that oral cancer is easily detectable in its early stages when you do routine oral cancer screenings with your dentist. A screening includes an examination of the inside of your mouth for signs of the disease, including white or red patches or sores, and an examination of your neck and lymph nodes for unusual lumps and other abnormalities.
Other signs of oral cancer include:
• Mouth sores or lumps that don’t heal after a few weeks
• Red or white patches
• Mouth or lip pain or tenderness
• Unusual difficulty chewing, swallowing, or speaking
• A change in your bite
• Feeling of something being stuck in your throat
If you’re in need of an oral cancer screening in Long Beach, CA 90807, don’t hesitate. Contact the skilled team at Greg Campbell, DDS, and schedule your appointment today.