Dentists and physicians diagnose 30,000 cases of oral cancer each year, and more than 7,000 of those cases result in the death of the patient. While oral cancer can be deadly, it can be easily diagnosed and treated if caught early enough.
Oral Cancer Has No Noticeable Signs
Unlike other forms of cancer, oral cancer doesn’t come with many out-of-the-ordinary signs. This is why it is recommended that you come into Dr. Brusky’s dental office for at least semi-annual checkups. During these exams, Dr. Brusky and/or his caring dental hygienists will use the latest advancements in dental technology to scan and look for oral cancer.
The most common type of oral cancer is the malignant squamous cell carcinoma. The first sign of this oral cancer generally appears first on the lip and surrounding mouth tissues.
Cancer can also occur on the tongue, salivary glands, throat, gums, or somewhere on the face.
Oral Cancer’s Link to Bad Habits
Experts estimate that upwards of 75% of all oral cancers are linked to behavioral choices like smoking, chewing tobacco use, and alcohol consumption. Dr. Brusky can provide you with the latest literature detailing how to make positive life choices that can decrease your risk of developing oral cancer.
Early Detection of Oral Cancer is Key
Dr. Brusky urges all patients in the Howard, Shawano, Pulaski, De Pere, and Seymour areas to schedule an appointment for at least yearly oral cancer examinations. These exams are gentle and thorough and will catch all types of sores, patches, and lesions.
If you suspect that you are suffering from oral cancer or to schedule an initial examination, call Dr. Brusky’s office at (920) 662-1440 or use the handy form on the right. It’s never too soon to schedule an appointment.