January 15, 2015
Protect yourself from the dangers of oral cancer. Over 42,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral and throat cancers in 2015. The five year survival rate of those diagnosed with oral cancer is only 64 %. That’s because oral cancer is usually found in the later stages since many patients fail to have the semi-annual oral cancer screenings they need to detect the disease in the earlier stages. However, when oral cancer is detected and treated early, positive treatment-related health outcomes are possible. Make an appointment with Dr. Share for the oral cancer screening you need to stay healthy today. Dr. Share is conveniently located in the heart of the Boston Financial District, and proudly restores smiles daily throughout Government Center, Downtown Crossing, Beacon Hill, Back Bay, and the surrounding areas.
Who Needs Oral Cancer Screenings?
Recent studies have identified demographic and behavioral factors that contribute to the development of oral cancers. Male tobacco and excessive alcohol users over age 50 are the most at risk. Additionally, contraction of the human papilloma virus (HPV), a sexually transmitted disease, has also been associated with oral cancer development. HPV-positive oral cancers are related to the increasing incidence of throat cancers in non-smoking adults.
What Do Oral Cancer Screenings Check?
- a mouth sore or irritation that doesn’t go away after a couple of weeks
- red or white patches anywhere in the mouth
- pain, tenderness, or numbness in mouth or lips
- a lump, thickening, spot, crust or small eroded area anywhere in or around the mouth
- difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving your tongue or jaw
- a change in your bite or the way your dentures fit
Dr. Share uses the OralCDx BrushTest to painlessly diagnose suspicious spots in the mouth. The test uses a small brush to take a surface sample of an infected area which is sent to a certified lab for analysis. If your BrushTest shows the presence of abnormal cells, a surgical biopsy may be required to obtain a definitive diagnosis. Make your oral cancer screening appointment with Dr. Share today. Dr. Share is an experienced family dentist, proudly serving patients throughout the Financial District of Boston, MA, Government Center, Downtown Crossing, Beacon Hill, Back Bay, and nearby communities.