If you’re not a smoker or heavy drinker, you may not be concerned about oral cancer. While those are still the biggest risk factors, a growing number of people who don’t smoke or drink to excess are being diagnosed with this condition.
As you’ll see from this video, people with the HPV virus are 30 times more likely to get oral cancer. April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, so it’s a perfect time to schedule a dental exam at one of our two offices. We look for signs of oral cancer during your exams, along with more common problems like cavities and gum disease. If we find any, we’ll likely recommend you get a biopsy.
As with other types of cancer, early detection is a key to long-term survival with oral cancer. In addition to visiting us twice a year for dental exams, it’s a good idea to regularly perform oral cancer self-exams at home. It’s not hard! The video will show you how.