Each year, the American Cancer Society estimates around 30,000 individuals across the United States are diagnosed with some form of oral cancer. Oral cancer has a high mortality rate, but only if it is allowed to progress. When caught in its beginning stages by patients and their dentists with general dentistry, oral cancer is statistically less deadly and responds better to treatment.
Safe, Comfortable Oral Cancer Screenings
As a part of their mission to prevent problems, Drs. Juban and Cowen practice preventative dental care including oral cancer screenings and patient education.
During all dental examinations, the highly trained dentist or hygienist will evaluate the mouth for oral cancer warning signs. Patients are encouraged to discuss any changes in the soft or hard tissues of the mouth, palate, and throat with their dental provider, as these can be symptoms of oral cancer.
Other oral cancer red flags include:
- Lumps or bumps along and underneath the tongue
- Bumps in the cheeks and lips
- Lesions and sores
- White patches in the mouth
- Discomfort when moving the jaw
- Difficulty swallowing
- Prior experience with cancer, oral or otherwise
If an oral cancer screening reveals possible problems, the dentist or hygienist will recommend patients visit a primary care physician or an oncologist for further diagnostic testing.
Oral Cancer Screenings for Better Overall Health
Oral cancer screenings are just one way that Drs. Juban and Cowen help Baton Rouge patients stay in control of their healthcare. Not only are screenings non-invasive, but they take just a few moments to perform. Fast, easy, and reliable, oral cancer screenings can literally save your life.
To set up an oral cancer screening in Baton Rouge, LA, or to learn more about the procedure, please contact Juban Cowen Dental Care. Remember that oral cancer can and does happen to patients of all ages, so creating a partnership with a trusted dentist makes sense for better continued health.