Cruel cancer can develop in the mouth and throat too! Unfortunately, it does not spare anybody. Even celebrities such as Michael Douglas deal with throat cancer at the moment. Luckily, he has been given a positive prognosis of an 80% survival rate.
Now, what do we do in our office to prevent stuff like that from happening? Well, you get a FREE oral cancer screening at the new patient exam and a FREE oral cancer screening every time you see the hygienist.
Recently, we got in the possession of OraRisk HPV (Human Papiloma Virus) test from OralDNA Labs- a noninvasive, easy to use screening tool for identifying the various types of HPV, such as HPV-16, HPV-18, the most commonly ones linked to oral cancer. So, if you are a sexually active person with multiple partners, you may want to know if the bad virus is in your mouth. People with good immune systems fight and eliminate the virus in approximately six months. The less lucky ones will retain the virus and give birth to some cancerous lesions, some of them being inside the mouth.
Other risk factors of oral cancer that you should look for: smoking-all types especially cigar, chewing tobacco (at least change the side where you keep it from time to time if you cannot give up the habit), alcohol, and exposure to asbestos.
If you are not one of our patients, you may want to ask for an oral cancer screening exam the next time you see your dentist. Your life may depend on it.