According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), 53,000 adults in this country will receive a diagnosis of oral or oropharyngeal cancer in 2019. Each year, these diseases take the lives of nearly 11,000 Americans. However, the five-year survival rate is very good (84 percent) when the cancer is diagnosed at an early stage. Patients from Beaumont to Perris, Menifee, Murrieta, and Hemet, CA have the assurance of oral cancer screenings as part of regular exams at Diamond Valley Dentist.
A mouth cancer checkup adds only a few minutes to your regular twice-a-year cleaning and examination appointment. If you have a denture, it is removed. Dr. Jergensen starts with a visual examination of all soft structures in and around the mouth, vigilant for any signs of tissue abnormality. He lifts the tongue to check the sides and underside, as well as the floor of the mouth, and gently palpates (feels) for thickened tissues. He may also palpate externally, feeling below the jawline for lumps. The doctor uses a special light that causes abnormal tissues to fluoresce, illuminating lesions before they can be seen with the unassisted eye.
If your oral cancer checkup reveals any indication of early stage mouth cancer, Dr. Jergensen provides referral to a physician for a biopsy. Lab diagnosis identifies types of mouth cancer and oral cancer stages. It is also the starting point for developing an effective oral cancer treatment plan.
Professional screening is very important, but you should also be on the lookout for signs of oral cancer between visits to Diamond Valley Dentist – especially if you smoke, use smokeless tobacco, or consume alcohol. These habits dramatically increase the risk.
Check your lips, gums, inside cheeks, roof and floor of your mouth, tongue, and back of the throat daily for:
If you experience any of these symptoms, please do not wait – call 951-458-6545 for a prompt appointment with Dr. Jergensen in Hemet, CA. With your diligence and regular screenings, oral cancer can be caught early, when it is most treatable.
If you could use a smile pick-me-up, you've come to the right place. Contact Dr. Nathan Jergensen, your Hemet dentist at Diamond Valley Dentist today by giving us a call at 951-458-6545 or requesting an appointment online.