Myths are defined as widely held but false beliefs or ideas. They exist for practically any subject you can imagine. There are television shows created to explore the variety of myths that exist. Did you know there are myths about oral cancer? At Sehnert Precision Dentistry, we want to clear up some oral cancer myths.
Oral Cancer Myths
Myth #1: Only smokers get oral cancer.
Fact: Tobacco use is a major oral cancer risk factor but nonsmokers can also get oral cancer.
Myth # 2: I’m too young to get oral cancer.
Fact: Many young adults are getting the disease due to the link between oral cancer and HPV.
Myth #3: Oral cancer isn’t common.
Fact: Lip and oral cancers rank 16th among common cancers worldwide for 2018, according to World Cancer Research Fund International.
Myth #4: Oral cancer signs are easy to spot.
Fact: Mouth and throat cancer can go undetected in areas such as the tonsils, lymph nodes, and base of the tongue.
Myth #5: Only high-risk patients need oral cancer screening.
Fact: Oral cancer screening is part of any comprehensive dental exam. Early detection matters in the fight against oral cancer.
Lower Your Risk Factors
- Say no to tobacco products
- Limit alcohol consumption
- Protect yourself from HPV
- Limit sun exposure
- Eat healthy, balanced meals
- Get regular dental exams
Oral Cancer Potential Signs
- Mouth sores that don’t heal
- Unexplained loose teeth
- Abnormal lump or thickening in the neck, face, jaw, teeth, tongue, or gums
- Bad breath that doesn’t go away
- Unexplained weight loss
- Chewing, swallowing, or moving the tongue or jaw becomes difficult
Oral Cancer Screening With VELscope
As part of your oral cancer screening, we visually and manually check your mouth and neck for oral cancer signs. Then, the VELscope system helps us to check for oral cancer without rinses, stains, or discomfort in less than two minutes. The system uses special lighting to enhance the contrast between normal and abnormal tissue. Any areas of concern will require further testing.
My team and I want to keep you healthy by busting oral cancer myths. Has it been six months since your last exam? If you live in Lewisville, Texas, or the surrounding areas, contact our office to schedule an appointment.