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Oral Cancer is Still a Risk Even if You Have Never Smoked
Posted on 4/20/2020 by Jeannie Molato, DDS
Most people believe that just because they do not smoke or chew tobacco, they are not at risk of oral cancer. Sadly, a large number of these people ignore the early warning signs and believe it to be some sort of infection. In such situations, they delay treatment and it does not work in their favor.
Oral cancer screening is extremely important because this is what helps detect the early signs of cancer or the precancerous cells in the mouth. This makes it easier for you to get timely treatment and also helps speed up the recovery process and lowers the risk of the disease degrading the quality of your life.
Benefits Of Oral Cancer Screening
Whether or not you are a smoker or someone who chews tobacco, it's important to get oral cancer screenings done on a regular basis. Just so you know, they aren't invasive and it doesn't cost a lot either. You can schedule your oral cancer screening along with your regular dental exam so that you save on time and multiple trips.
The oral cancer screening is similar to a dental exam except for the fact that oral cancer screening also involves checking the back of the throat and the neck. What this essentially does is helps identify any unnatural growths, tumors, or lesions that could indicate the presence of precancerous or cancerous cells in the mouth.
Our experts often look for excessive redness or soreness in the mouth since this is one of the early indicators of cancer. When an oral screening is done regularly, it helps identify cancer at the earliest stage. This helps prevent invasive surgery procedures and treat cancer before it metastasizes. In case you have questions about our oral cancer screening, feel free to get in touch with our experts and they will be glad to assist.