West Columbia, SC Dentist Dr. Newman Recommends Regular Oral Cancer Screenings

Dr. Christopher Newman of Columbia Smile Center wants to advise patients that his West Columbia, SC office offers thorough oral cancer screenings as part of their comprehensive dental health services. Like with other forms of cancer, early diagnosis of oral cancer can have a profound impact on the success of your treatment. Regular screenings are your first line of defense against oral cancer and Dr. Newman is here to help.

During your screening, Dr. Newman will check your lips, tongue, gums, mouth, and throat for any abnormalities that could be or become cancerous. He will give careful consideration to any potential symptoms you may be experiencing. If you have had any oral cancer symptoms for more than a week without improvement, schedule an appointment and tell your dentist immediately. Some symptoms that can potentially indicate oral cancer include:

  • Ear pain
  • Unexplained mouth bleeding
  • Mouth sores that don’t heal
  • White or red patches in your mouth
  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Lumps or swellings in or around your mouth
  • Sore throat without other sinus symptoms
  • Sensation of something caught in the back of your throat
  • Pain or difficulty in swallowing, speaking, or moving your jaw or tongue

One adult in America dies of oral cancer every hour of every day. Though anyone can develop oral cancer, some factors can increase your risks. Some of the most common risk factors include: genetic predisposition, prolonged sun exposure, unhealthy diet, and excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages. Oral cancer is more common in men than women. Patients with gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) are at increased risk. Users of tobacco in any form are six times more likely to develop oral cancer than non-users.

Whatever the cause, the success of treatment depends on the size, type, and stage of the cancer. Early detection can play a critical role in your successful recovery. The primary reason for this is that early detection leads to earlier treatment. Oral cancers that are found in early or precancerous stages can often be removed and require far less invasive procedures to treat. Later stages of cancer are likely to be larger and more complex and often have spread beyond your mouth, making treatment more challenging.

Oral cancer screening can lead to early detection. Oral cancer detected in early stages has an 80% or better treatment success rate. Schedule your screening today. Call your West Columbia, SC dental office for a consultation or visit http://dentistinwestcolumbia.com/.

Columbia Smile Center
115 Professional Dr
West Columbia, SC 29169
Phone: (803) 794-8371
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