When you notice an unusual and painful condition in your mouth, and in particular on your periodontal tissue (gums), it is no wonder if you feel alarmed. There is the possibility, after all, that it could be a symptom and sign of some form of oral cancer.
Getting an annual check up with your local periodontist that includes an oral cancer screening can help you lower risk factors for oral cancer and catch it early, should it develop, so as to greatly increase the odds of successfully treating it and beating it.
Oral cancer is a real danger, with thousands of Americans losing the battle against it with every passing year; and yet, at the same time, it is one of the cancers most able to be successfully treated IF it is caught early enough. That's why annual oral cancer screening, offered at many periodontal offices in Florida, is such a huge concern.
Oral cancer proves fatal for some 10,000 Americans per year, and it comes in many forms and can affect almost anyone. Keeping up good oral health and avoiding major risk factors like smoking, heavy drinking, poor oral hygiene, and excessive sun exposure can minimize your risks, but since it cannot eliminate them, seeing your periodontist for an annual oral cancer screening is a good idea.
Over 50,000 people are newly diagnosed with some form of oral cancer each year, be it throat cancer, tongue cancer, tonsil, mouth, oropharynx (back of mouth), or lip cancer.