The Importance of Regular Oral Cancer Screenings
Regular oral cancer screenings are essential for oral and overall health. Designed to detect early signs of oral cancer, the screenings increase your chances of successful treatment and reduce your risk of serious complications. And the good part: a comprehensive screening is quick, painless and takes less than five minutes.
Who is at Risk of Oral Cancer Screening?
Oral cancer can affect anyone, regardless of age or lifestyle. But some factors can increase the risk of developing oral cancer. These include:
- Smoking or tobacco use
- Heavy alcohol consumption
- Family history of oral cancer
- Excessive sun exposure
If any of these risk factors apply to you, schedule an oral cancer screening.
Important to Catch Early
Did you know that oral cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer, with a survival rate of only about 60%? That's why it's important to catch it early. Unfortunately, oral cancer often goes unnoticed until it's too late. That's why it's crucial to schedule regular oral cancer screenings with Mission Valley Dentists. Our skilled dental professionals can detect early signs of oral cancer and help you get the treatment you need to stay healthy.
- Men are twice as likely to develop oral cancer as women.1
- Tobacco use (including cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless tobacco) is the most significant risk factor for oral cancer.2
- For all mouth (oral cavity) cancers: More than 75 out of 100 people (more than 75%) survive their cancer for 1 year or more after they are diagnosed. Around 55 out of 100 people (around 55%) survive their cancer for 5 years or more after diagnosis3
There is also this Stat Graphic, which says: According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 54,010 new cases of oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2023.4
New cases of oral cancer diagnosed in the United States in 2023
Men are twice as likely to develop oral cancer as women
Survive their cancer for 1 year or more after diagnosis
Why Choose Mission Valley Dentists for Oral Cancer Screening?
When you choose Mission Valley Dentists., you’re choosing a provider that prioritizes prevention and emphasizes the importance of early treatment when it can be treated more successfully. We use advanced, proven technology to deliver accurate examinations for an optimal treatment plan. Add an extra layer of smooth and painless preventative care.
Experienced Oral Cancer Screeners
At Mission Valley Dentists in San Diego, our skilled dental professionals perform comprehensive oral cancer screenings to detect early signs of oral cancer.
Dental Oral Cancer Screening
Early detection is key to successful treatment of oral cancer. Our thorough and painless screenings use advanced technology and techniques to detect any signs of abnormality, ensuring your ongoing oral health and wellbeing.
Protect your oral and overall health by scheduling an oral cancer screening with Mission Valley Dentists. With quick, painless screenings, our skilled dental professionals can detect early signs of oral cancer and help you get the treatment you need to stay healthy. Call our office in San Diego today to schedule your screening.
Dental Issues That Could Require Emergency Dental Care
- Toothache or sever dental pain
- Broken or chipped tooth
- Lost or knocked out tooth
- Swelling or infection in the mouth or jaw
- A lost or losse orthodontic appliance (such as a bracket or wire)
- Trauma or injury to the moth or jaw
- Abscess or pus-filled pocket on the gums
- A broken or lost dental restoration (such as a filling or crown)
- Gum bleeding that doesn't stop
Oral Cancer Screening FAQs
Who should get an oral cancer screening?
Anyone can develop oral cancer, regardless of their age or lifestyle. However, certain factors such as smoking or using tobacco products, heavy alcohol consumption, a history of oral cancer in your family, and excessive sun exposure can increase your risk. If you have any of these risk factors or are experiencing any unusual symptoms in your mouth, such as sores, lumps, or patches, it's important to schedule an oral cancer screening with Mission Valley Dentists.
What can I expect during an oral cancer screening?
During an oral cancer screening with Mission Valley Dentists, our dental professionals will examine your mouth, throat, and neck for any abnormalities or signs of cancer. This may include a visual inspection as well as the use of special tools to examine your mouth more closely. The exam is painless and usually only takes a few minutes.
Is oral cancer screening covered by insurance?
Many dental insurance plans cover oral cancer screening as a preventative measure. The team at Mission Valley Dentists can help you understand your coverage and answer any questions you may have about the cost of the exam.
How do I prepare for an oral cancer screening?
There is no special preparation required for an oral cancer screening with Mission Valley Dentists. However, we recommend that you avoid smoking or using tobacco products, drinking alcohol, or using mouthwash for at least 24 hours prior to your screening.
How long does an oral cancer screening take?
An oral cancer screening with Mission Valley Dentists usually only takes a few minutes to complete. Our dental professionals will work quickly and efficiently to ensure you are comfortable and informed throughout the process.
1 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (n.d.). Oral cancer. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Retrieved April 14, 2023, from https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/health-info/oral-cancer
2Risk factors for oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers. American Cancer Society. (n.d.). Retrieved April 14, 2023, from https://www.cancer.org/cancer/oral-cavity-and-oropharyngeal-cancer/causes-risks-prevention/risk-factors.html
3Oral Cavity & oropharyngeal cancer key statistics 2021. Oral Cavity & Oropharyngeal Cancer Key Statistics 2021. (n.d.). Retrieved April 14, 2023, from https://www.cancer.org/cancer/oral-cavity-and-oropharyngeal-cancer/about/key-statistics.html
4Survival for mouth and oropharyngeal cancer. Survival for Mouth cancer | Cancer Research UK. (2022, September 16). Retrieved April 14, 2023, from https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/mouth-cancer/survival