Dr. Guerra emphasizes the importance of routine oral cancer screenings for all of his adult patients. He is certified to detect abnormalities in the mouth that may be warning signs of oral cancer.
Oral cancer, also known as mouth cancer, can be found on the lips, tongue, gums, mouth, or throat. Studies have shown that this type of cancer is responsible for the death of one American every hour of every day. Early detection is the key to getting patients the successful treatment they need.
Signs of Oral Cancer
- White or red patches in the mouth
- A mouth sore that does not heal
- Bleeding in the mouth
- Soreness in the back of the throat
- Pain when swallowing or speaking
- Lumps around the mouth
- Ear pain
- Rapid weight loss
If you are showing any of the symptoms of oral cancer, schedule an appointment with Dr. Guerra for a screening right away.
However, it is important to note that anyone can get oral cancer, and may not notice any signs of symptoms. Keep up with your yearly screenings to prevent the progression of this dangerous disease.
Early Detection is Key
25 percent of people diagnosed with oral cancer show zero risk factors before diagnosis. Regular checkups are essential in the early detection of cancerous conditions.
During your oral exam, Dr. Guerra will carefully examine the tongue, mouth, and lips. He is searching for spots and sores that may indicate oral cancer. He may also perform a brush test and use advanced light technology to detect the first signs of the disease.
The earlier cancer is detected, the more treatable it is. To keep your chance of success against oral cancer as high as possible, visit your dentist for regular screenings. To schedule your visit, call us at Guerra Dental Health today.