In honor of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Leslie Davis will offer free oral cancer screenings Monday, April 4 through Thursday, April 28th in his office, 13802 W. Camino del Sol, Sun City West.
Oral cancer is not a rare disease. Every hour, 24-hours per day, 365-days per year, someone dies of oral or oropharyngeal cancer — cancer of the mouth and upper throat. This year an estimated 54,0001 new cases of oral cancer will be diagnosed. Of those individuals, 43 percent will not survive longer than five years, and many who do survive suffer long-term problems, such as severe facial disfigurement or difficulties with eating and speaking. The death rate associated with oral and oropharyngeal cancers remains particularly high because the cancers routinely are discovered late in their development. Yet, if oral cancer is detected and treated early, treatment-related health problems are reduced and survival rates may increase.
The good news is that it can often be found early in its development, through a simple, painless and quick screening.
Oral cancer can often be caught early, even as a pre-cancer. With early detection, side effects are from treatment are at their lowest. Like other screenings, such as cervical, skin, prostate, colon and breast examinations, oral cancer screenings are an effective means of finding cancer at its early, highly curable stages.
Early indicators of oral cancer include red and/or white discolorations of the soft tissues of the mouth, any sore that does not heal within 14 days and hoarseness that lasts for a prolonged period of time.
Advanced indicators are a sensation that something is stuck in the throat; numbness in the oral region; difficulty in moving the jaw or tongue; difficulty in swallowing; ear pain that occurs on one side only; a sore under a denture, which even after adjustment of the denture, still does not heal; and a lump or thickening, which develops in the mouth or on the neck.
An oral cancer screening should be conducted every year.
Call 623-584-0664 to make an appointment for a complimentary screening.
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