Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer can affect anyone, even people with healthy lifestyles.
Every year more than a thousand people are diagnosed with oral cancer in Australia. If you smoke and drink alcohol, your risk is 15 times higher than others. However, even non-smokers account for a quarter of all cases. Extended sun exposure and sexually transmitted viruses may also lead to oral cancer.
Early detection is the key to survival, as early detection gives you up to a 90% chance of surviving oral cancer. Unfortunately, the death rate is high as most oral cancers are detected too late.
Symptoms of oral cancer
Oral cancer can be painless, making detection difficult. Signs and symptoms to look out for include:
- Red and white patches in your mouth
- An ulcer that does not heal
- Numbness in your mouth
- Difficulty chewing, speaking, and swallowing
The goal with cancer screening is to detect the disease at its earliest stage, when it is most curable, giving you the highest chance of survival.
At The Point Dental, we perform oral cancer screening as part of your regular dental check-ups. We encourage all our patients, even those without any natural teeth, to attend our clinic twice yearly for check-ups. Do yourself a favour and book your next dental check-up to ensure your oral health isn’t compromised by oral cancer.