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Why You Need an Oral Cancer Screening

March 12, 2018

We hear about cancer almost every day in some type of form, from prevention to diagnosis and more! Although it is not often discussed, oral cancer is one we should also know about too! Oral cancer screenings are an examination done by dentists to detect cancerous cells in the mouth. It is a procedure that helps identify mouth cancer early when there is a better prognosis. Even if you feel healthy or you don’t have any dental problems, having an oral cancer screening is essential. With a five-year survival rate for as low as 38 percent for cancer that has metastasized, oral cancer is indeed scary if not checked early! Apart from early detection, oral cancer screening is a simple procedure. It’s uncomplicated and it only involves a visual and physical examination. You can visit your dentist for a regular dental checkup and an oral cancer screening can be performed during that time or any other time. It’s also important to note that oral cancer screening is fairly inexpensive. It is usually incorporated in your regular oral exam. The only time that you need to pay more is when cancer cells are found, and you need further diagnostics and treatment. Remember that prevention is always better than searching for a cure. Cancer is known as a ‘silent disease’, so it’s important to be proactive. Be sure to schedule your next dental checkup with us and have an oral cancer scr

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