How often do I need an oral cancer screening?
Every year, nearly 50,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, these statistics don't appear to be decreasing. The facts remain that patients diagnosed with oral cancer often don't survive past five years. It's not that oral cancer is particularly fatal, the problem is that by the time oral cancer is discovered, it's often in late stages. With early detection at our Guelph, ON, dental office, many patients can surpass the current survival rate.
When you go to Dr. Farhan Ahmad for dental cleanings and exams, you are also screened for oral cancer. Many symptoms can be viewed visually and through touching your jaw and neck that your Guelph dentist is trained to look for. X-rays can further determine abnormalities in your tissue or bone. As we get older, it's important to stay on top of regular dental health visits. Many times, if an oral issue is detected early, patients have a better chance of treatment and survival.
We recommend getting screened for oral cancer twice a year. To schedule your oral cancer screening in Guelph, please call Scottsdale Dental Centre to arrange an appointment.