In honor of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, you may find yourself with the desire to further understand the signs of the condition. The disease may not be as common as other forms of cancer, but it is often undiagnosed for far too long. With early detection, you greatly increase your chance of surviving oral cancer. The most common way oral cancer is caught early is through dental appointments! Every time you see your dentist, they are looking at the health of your whole mouth, so this is why people who see the dentist regularly are likely to catch oral cancer early!
1. Think about changes in your voice.
Have you notice that your voice has changed at all? The timber of your voice may become affected if your vocal cords are influenced. You may also notice yourself clearing your throat more often to combat it.
2. Feel around for new textures.
Do you feel bumps and rough spots when you move your tongue around? If so, it could indicate an early stage of cancer. If you notice consistent pain and soreness, do not ignore it.
3. Consider your ability to swallow.
If you have lumps growing in the back of your mouth, it will become increasingly difficult to swallow normally. If you notice an inability to swallow comfortably for a long period of time, see your doctor to find out what could be going on.
Do you notice any of the changes listed here? It is important not to panic. It could be something simple. What is most important is that you make an appointment with your dentist right away just to put your mind at ease.
Make an appointment with Dr. Vann today for a check-up and oral cancer screening. You can schedule your appointment by giving us a call or you can book your appointment online!