According to the American Cancer Society, almost 50,000 people will get oral cancer this year. Of those 50,000, an estimated 9,700 people will die of these cancers. Oral cancer is usually treatable if caught and diagnosed early. Dr. Fuming Li offers New Jersey patients oral cancer screenings at his Millville and Voorhees practices. Schedule your screening today!
Detecting Oral Cancer
Oral cancer usually appears in the following areas:
- Floor of the mouth
- Tonsils and oropharynx
- Insides of the cheeks
Typically, your hygienists will perform oral cancer check-ups alongside your regular cleanings. It’s important to get a check-up at least once per year. If you haven’t had yours yet, make an appointment in Millville or Voorhees with Dr. Fuming Li.
Who is At Risk for Oral Cancer?
While oral cancer can affect anyone, certain patients are at a higher risk for developing the disease. If you have any of the following characteristics, make sure to get regular screenings:
- Previous diagnosis of oral cancer
- Persistent sun exposure
- Tobacco use, including cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and snuff
Oral Cancer Signs
While your dentist will screen for oral cancer once or twice per year, there are certain symptoms that you can look for on your own:
- Red or white ulcers that won’t heal
- Growing lumps or lesions
- Unusual bleeding
- Thickening oral tissues
- Shifting teeth
Be Proactive – Schedule your Oral Cancer Screening Today
When it comes to preventing and overcoming oral cancer, proactive screenings are a critical step. If it’s been more than six months since your last visit or if you’re noticing abnormalities in your smile, visit Dr. Li at his offices in Millville or Voorhees to schedule your next oral cancer screening.