Oral cancer is a serious disease that affects thousands of people every year. Our Louisville team is dedicated to not only preserving the health of your teeth but also ensuring the overall well-being of your oral cavity.
Oral cancer refers to cancer that develops in the mouth or throat. It can affect the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, hard and soft palate, sinuses, and throat. Unfortunately, oral cancer often goes undetected until it reaches an advanced stage, which makes successful treatment more challenging. That is why regular screenings and awareness are crucial in the fight against this disease.
One of the key factors in combating oral cancer is understanding the risk factors involved. Tobacco use, including smoking and smokeless tobacco, is a significant contributor to the development of oral cancer. Heavy alcohol consumption, excessive sun exposure to the lips, a diet low in fruits and vegetables, and certain strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) are also known risk factors. It’s important to be aware of these factors and take proactive steps to minimize your risk.
Early detection is paramount in increasing the chances of successful treatment and survival rates. Regular dental check-ups play a vital role in identifying any abnormalities in your oral tissues. During your visit, we perform a thorough examination, which includes a visual inspection of your lips, gums, tongue, and the inside of your cheeks. We also palpate the lymph nodes in your neck to check for any signs of swelling or tenderness. If any suspicious areas are found, further diagnostic tests, such as a biopsy, may be recommended.
In addition to professional screenings, it’s essential to be vigilant and report any changes or symptoms you may notice in your mouth. These can include persistent mouth sores, red or white patches, lumps, or swelling that do not heal or resolve within two weeks. Additionally, any difficulty in swallowing, persistent hoarseness, or unexplained oral bleeding should be brought to our attention immediately.
Promoting awareness and education about oral cancer is a collective effort. By raising awareness, we can empower individuals to take control of their oral health and seek early detection. We are committed to providing comprehensive care that includes regular screenings for oral cancer. Through proactive measures, we can catch potential issues at their earliest stages and increase the chances of successful treatment outcomes.
If you have any concerns or questions about oral cancer, or if you would like to schedule a screening, please don’t hesitate to contact our office. Your oral health is our top priority, and together, we can make a difference in the fight against oral cancer. Remember, early detection saves lives.