Oral Cancer Kills, but in Most Cases Doesn’t Have
According to Dr. J. Craig Alexander, oral cancer screenings prevent cancer from getting worse.
April is National Oral Cancer Awareness
month. That means, like all other months, paying close attention to your teeth,
gums, tongue and throat could make a world of difference if you have been
diagnosed with oral cancer.
Early Detection Helps Oral Cancer Survival
Because oral cancer comes in stages the sooner, you catch it the better chance you have of treatment and survival. Your East Greenbush dentist explains that some patches, lesions, bumps, and lumps are not visible to the naked eye, but using special tests during a comprehensive dental examination can help.
More times than not, oral cancer has reached
an advanced stage making treatment more difficult and sometimes impossible.
Comprehensive Dental Exam
The best way to check for oral cancer is with
a comprehensive dental exam and an oral cancer screening. Your dentist in New
York will talk with you about your medical and dental history for a better
perspective on your oral and overall health.
After your conversation, your teeth and gums will be checked for decay and disease. Dr. Alexander and his team will also check your dental restorations making sure there are no chips, cracks, or leaks.
Oral Cancer Screening
An oral cancer screening means an overall
check of your mouth, throat, tongue, cheeks, neck, and head. Your dentist in East
Greenbush will thoroughly check everything using special diagnostic tools to
search for abnormal cell tissue.
During the screening, you are also checked
for any lesions, white or red patches or lumps and bumps. While you may not
notice any unusual growths, your dentist will.
If anything is detected, Dr. Alexander will take a biopsy, meaning a piece of the tissue in question, before sending it to a lab for further identification.
You Can Survive Oral Cancer
Oral cancer has an incredible survival rate
if it is caught before it spreads. Regular checkups with your doctor and your
dentist will keep you healthy and safe.
If you haven’t seen your dentist in New York for some time, or would just like to schedule a comprehensive dental exam and an oral cancer screening, call or send a text and set up an appointment with Dr. Alexander and his team in East Greenbush today.
People who have been diagnosed with oral cancer in stage one and two have a seventy to ninety percent survival rate and you can too with regular oral cancer screenings. Schedule yours today.