American adults have about a 1-in-60 risk of developing oral cancers in their lifetime. The American Society of Clinical Oncology reports that over 50,000 people per year are diagnosed with oral and oropharyngeal cancer. They are the eighth most common cancers among men, and your risk of contracting them are twice as high if you are male. A simple oral cancer screening can catch signs early and allow for faster and more effective treatment. Dr. Cory Gaunt offers oral cancer screening at Downriver Smiles in Spokane, WA.
Detecting oral cancers early is the key to effective treatment. In most cases, by the time a patient discovers a problem in their mouth and sees a doctor or dentist, oral cancer has already progressed quite far. A simple exam by your dentist at each bi-annual dental exam and cleaning appointment could save your life.
Dr. Gaunt and the team at Downriver Smiles are dedicated to doing everything possible to help you maintain great oral and overall health. This includes oral cancer screenings for our patients. If you are at risk for any type of cancer due to family history or other factors, you should have an oral cancer screening at each routine dental appointment. If it has been a while since your last exam and cleaning or you have never had an oral cancer screening, call Downriver Smiles today and schedule it as soon as possible.
Identify Mouth Cancer Early
Dr. Gaunt can identify mouth cancer early in many cases. An oral cancer screening is completely painless and noninvasive, and only takes a few moments during a regular dental appointment. He will check your teeth, gums, tongue and other oral tissues for any discolorations, sores or other possible signs of oral cancer. If any suspicious signs are detected, he will alert you to connect with an oncologist for further advanced testing.
Any time unexplained sores, peeling or bleeding develops in your mouth, you should see Dr. Gaunt. These can be from common oral problems, but they can also be signs of oral cancer. Identify mouth cancer early to begin treatments that can eradicate it and allow you to live a long and healthy life.
Contact Downriver Smiles in Spokane today to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning, and ask to include an oral cancer screening while you are in the dental chair. This brief exam could save your life and allow you to spend many more happy years with family and loved ones.