Each year approximately 30,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer. About 8,000 die from the disease each year.
The chance of a complete cure is highest when detected early. When it is detected in its precancerous stage, oral cancer can be prevented. Oral cancer screening is a routine and important segment of the regular recare visits says Dr. Cherukuri.
Oral Cancer Symptoms
- A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal.
- A color change of the oral tissues
- A lump, thickening, crust, rough spot or small eroded area.
- Pain, tenderness or numbness in the mouth or lips.
.Risk factors include smoking, tobacco chewing, drinking alcohol, repeated trauma and spicy food. A full 25% of cases have no risk factors at all.
Regular Dental Appointments are Critical. Late stage treatment usually involves major facial surgery with only a 50% chance of survival longer than 5 years.
Early Detection is Key!!