Thursday, April 10th, 2014

It’s oral cancer awareness month- have you been screened for this growing health concern?

The signs and symptoms of oral cancer can frequently be spotted by Chester Springs dentist Dr. Jason Petkevis during a routine dental exam. Visiting Dr. Petkevis at Dental Distinction twice per year can be a life saver- it enables Dr. Petkevis and his staff to detect changes in the oral cavity that may indicate a possible health issue that a patient would not notice with typical oral hygiene practices at home. Detecting oral cancer in the early stage can dramatically increase the effectiveness of treatment: less than 50% of patients can be treated successfully when diagnosed in later stages.

Oral cancer has been on the rise globally and it is estimated that over 8,000 deaths are attributed to this type of disease each year in the U.S. Tobacco use and smoking are both major causes of oral cancer, but the rise of the HPV virus has also been linked to the rise in oral cancer rates.

Do you know the common symptoms of oral cancer?

Symptoms of oral cancer can include:

  • Persistent hoarseness
  • Pain or difficulty swallowing
  • Lump in the throat or neck
  • Persistent earache- often in both ears
  • Numbness in or around the mouth
  • Lesion or sore that does not go away

Preventive dental care is important! Oral cancer screening is part of preventive care at Dental Distinction in Chester Springs- at your regular visit for a dental cleaning Dr. Petkevis will perform a thorough exam of the mouth and check for lumps in the neck area as part of screening for signs of oral cancer.

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