Oral Cancer Screening in Michigan
Oral Cancer screenings are an important part of our regular dental exams and involve a careful examination of the inside of your mouth and tongue.
Our dentists are specifically trained to spot the early warning signs of oral cancer with proper screening techniques.
If you notice oral cancer symptoms such as spots, ulcers or other abnormalities in your tongue, cheek or gums, please call the My Family Dental center closest to you right away. Oral cancer is very treatable, especially when detected early.
What Are Oral Cancer Risk Factors?
Some 37,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year, resulting in 8,000 deaths. In fact, the death rate for oral cancer is highter than that of cervical cancer, Hodgkins lymphoma, thyroid or skin cancer and many others.
The good news is that there is an 80-90% survival rate if the cancer is caught early on, so regular dental exams are key!
A few facts to know:
90% of patients with oral cancers use tobacco. Smokers are six times more likely than non-smokers to develop these cancers.
75% to 80% of all patients with oral cancer frequently drink alcohol. These cancers are about six times more common in drinkers than in non-drinkers.
More than 30% of patients with cancers of the lip have jobs associated with prolonged exposure to sunlight.
A diet low in fruits and vegetables is associated with an increased risk of developing cancer of the oral cavity.
If There Were an Easy, Pain-Free Way To Screen for Oral Cancer, Wouldn't You Do It?
My Family Dental centers are proud to offer VELscope oral cancer screenings at any of our Metro-Detroit dentist offices! This simple screening uses natural tissue fluorescence to find abnormalities in the oral mucosa; in other words, by shining this light in your mouth, we are able to see signs of oral cancer. It's a quick, painless and affordable way to ensure your good health. Remember, early detection is CRITICAL.
You Can Reduce Your Risks of Oral Cancer by:
- Not smoking or chewing tobacco
- Drinking less alcohol
- Eating a low-meat, low-fat diet rich in vegetables and fruit
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