Oral cancer may not receive the publicity of other, better known, cancers, but that doesn't mean that it's any less dangerous. In fact, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation, the death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of skin cancer and cervical cancer. Clearly, oral cancer isn't a condition that can just be ignored.
The problem with oral cancer isn't just that it claims so many lives, however. The problem is that too often the signs and symptoms of oral cancer don't show up until after the disease has already progressed. This means that many St. Charles residents may be at risk for or even have oral cancer, but they aren't visiting their dentist, John M. Isbrandt D.D.S., P.C., for treatment because they don't know that they have it.
Symptoms of oral cancer typically include dry or irritated patches on the throat, difficulty swallowing, decreased ability to move the tongue, swelling, numbness and pain. If you notice any of these symptoms of oral cancer, you need to visit your St. Charles dentist for an oral cancer screening right away.
On the other hand, if you don't have any of the above symptoms, does that mean that you aren't at risk for the disease? Unfortunately, it does not. Oral cancer generally begins to spread before there are any symptoms at all. This makes catching the disease early difficult, but not impossible.
The best way to prevent oral cancer is by visiting your St. Charles dentist for cleanings and oral cancer screenings regularly. Generally, patients need a cleaning twice a year and an oral cancer screening once a year. The process is quick and non-invasive, and it is essential for catching the disease early, when treatment options and expected outcomes are at their best.
If it's been a while since your last visit to Dr. Isbrandt, today is the day to change that. Call and schedule an appointment for a routine cleaning and oral cancer screening today. Your health may just depend on it.