Did you know that dentists perform oral cancer screenings as part of routine preventive exams? That's why your dentist is your best ally to help detect cancer early.
Almost 90% of people survive oral cancer when it's caught early.* Unfortunately, most cases are diagnosed in the later stages after the cancer has spread. That's why it's important to take advantage of your covered preventive checkups.
Be Proactive: Know the Symptoms of Oral Cancer
But if you're between exams, it's easy to do a simple self-exam at home. Make sure to discuss any concerns with your dentist, especially if they last longer than two weeks.
Oral cancer symptoms include:
Mouth or throat sore that won't heal
Lump or mass in your cheek or neck
White or red patches on the tonsils, mouth, tongue or gums
Tingling or numbness in the mouth or tongue
Trouble chewing, swallowing, or moving the jaw and/or tongue
Loosening or pain around the teeth
Lump or mass in the neck
Swelling of the jaw (may notice dentures not fitting)
Consistent bad breath