When performing oral cancer screening, we offer a gentle approach.
Oral cancer is something that can be very concerning if it presents itself in your mouth. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, 75% of all cancers that occur in the head and neck begin in the oral cavity. Certain habits can increase your risk of contracting oral cancer, such as tobacco and alcohol use, as can a history of malignant tumors in the head or neck. Additionally, certain strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) share some of the same risk factors as a type of oral cancer. However, even those with no risk factors can still contract this form of cancer, which is why it’s important to be screened for it regularly.
As with other types of cancer, early detection and treatment can improve the outcome of an oral cancer diagnosis. Kenneth R. Russell DDS is a dentist in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina area who offers oral cancer screening as part of his overall approach to oral health and hygiene. Some of the most common symptoms of oral cancer include unexplained bleeding, sores, lumps, rough spots, swellings, and bumps in the gums, lips, or other areas of the mouth, and the development of discolored patches. If you notice any of these signs, contact our office to set up a screening.
When performing oral cancer screening, we offer a gentle approach. Our goal is to make sure each patient is healthy while providing a comfortable and reassuring environment. If you’d like to schedule an oral cancer screening with Dr. Russell or any other type of dental treatment or check-up, give us a call today.