Here in Chattanooga, TN, Dr. Joel Bookout can help assess and examine your oral health.
Oral cancer is responsible for killing 2.5 per 100,000 men and women per year, according to the National Cancer Institute. While this may seem like a small number, the danger of oral cancer is that it's not detected until it has reached an advanced stage.
Early detection increases survival rates. Your Chattanooga doctor conducts a fast and painless oral examination that improves individuals' survival rates, which is why you should never underestimate your bi-annual dental checkups with Dr. Joel Bookout.
Your doctor checks several areas, including:
- Lining tissues of the mouth
The oral cancer screening is visual and tactile, so if your doctor thinks there are any abnormalities, a small tissue sample is sent to a laboratory for testing.
Oral cancer screenings are more conclusive methods of determining the presence of oral cancer. Oral cancer doesn't just affect older individuals. It manifests, mostly, in people over the age of 40, but oral cancer patients have been getting younger over the years.
Here are some major risk factors to take into consideration:
- Middle aged or older
- Chronic exposure to the sun
- Genetic factors
- Sexually-transmitted Human Papilloma Virus
- Moderate to heavy drinker
- Long-time tobacco user
Detecting Oral Cancer
Your dentist's dental checkup includes:
- Red patches
- White patches
- Sores or unusual changes that haven't gone away within 2-3 weeks
- Unusual/abnormal sores in your mouth, lips and tongue
For more questions or concerns, call your Chattanooga, TN, dentist, Dr. Joel Bookout, today! He will evaluate your oral health and make sure you're good to go. So, when was the last time you visited your dentist for an oral cancer screening?