Oral Cancer Screenings
At Dr. Hylan’s Cleveland dental office, during a dental exam, the doctor will check your neck and oral tissues for lumps, red or white patches or recurring sore areas. This screening for early changes in the oral tissue can help detect cancer at a stage when it can be more successfully treated.
Smoking, especially combined with heavy alcohol consumption (30 drinks a week or more), is the primary risk factor for oral cancer. In fact, this combination is estimated to be the most likely trigger in about 75 percent of oral cancers diagnosed in this country. Other lifestyle and environmental factors also may increase your risk of developing oral cancer.
Oral cancer kills 8000 people per year in the United States. The death rate from oral cancer is higher than for cervical cancer or Hodgkin’s lymphoma. And it is an overlooked cancer. Physicians rarely look carefully in the mouth because they feel that’s the dentist’s territory. Many dentists feel that cancer is an issue for physicians. Here at Hylan Dental Care, we feel that screening for this deadly disease is important, and we do it at your checkups.
If you would like a checkup and an oral cancer exam, please give us a call at 855-876-6100 for new patients, or you can request an appointment online, by clicking on our request an appointment page.