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19/Jul/2018

Stand Up to Cancer Day

The second Friday in September is National Stand Up to Cancer Day. Of the various cancer types, oral cancer is not readily addressed in mainstream media. Most people, that maintain regular dental checkups, do so with the understanding of the value of their smile. However, routine dental visits are often useful to prevent, detect and treat systemic illnesses and other life threatening conditions, such as oral cancer. At Weschase Premier Dental we know the importance for our patients to understand the dangers and early warning signs of oral cancer.

Early Warning Signs of Oral Cancer
  • Swellings, Thickenings, Lumps or Rough Spots on the Lips, Gums, or Mouth
  • White Velvety or Red Speckled Patches in the Mouth
  • Unexplained Bleeding in the Mouth
  • Unexplained Numbness or Tenderness in Facial Area, Mouth, or Neck
  • Persistent Sores of the Face, Neck, or Mouth (Present for 2 Weeks)
  • Difficulty Swallowing, Chewing or Speaking
  • Difficulty Moving Jaw or Tongue
  • Hoarseness or Chronic Sore Throat
  • Ear Pain
  • Change Teeth or Dentures Fit, Occlusion or Bite
  • Dramatic Weight Loss

Risk Factors for Developing Oral Cancer
  • Smoking Cigarettes, Cigars or Pipes
  • Smokeless Tobacco Products
  • Excessive Alcohol Consumption
  • Family History of Cancer
  • Excessive Sun Exposure
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

National Stand Up to Cancer Day is to bring national awareness to the fight against cancer. Don’t ignore warning signs. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms that persists for two weeks contact Westchase Premier Dental immediately. Sometimes dangerous spots or sores can be very tiny and go unnoticed on your own. Your dental professionals are trained to detect any suspicious areas that may be a cause for concern. Early detection is can improve the chance of successful treatment. Schedule you an appointment for your examination and oral cancer screening. Give us a call at (813) 475 – 4528. Our friendly staff is ready to assist you.

Further Reading:

Melanoma Oral Cancer

WebMD


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