Cancer Screenings in Port Charlotte, FL

Cancer Screening

Your biannual dental appointments often include screenings for oral cancer. Oral cancer screenings are performed to catch early signs and symptoms of oral cancer. This is important because early treatment increases the effectiveness of treatment. Dr. Gilleland can perform an oral screening and identify any problems that indicate the need for further testing.

Risk Factors

There are certain factors that increase the risk for developing oral cancer. It is important to know these factors so that you can identify how often you need screenings. Some of the factors that determine your risk of developing oral cancer are:

  • Age (individuals over the age of 40 are more likely to develop oral cancer)
  • Sex (Men are more at risk than women)
  • Heavy tobacco and alcohol use
  • Diet (eating unhealthy foods increase the risk of developing oral cancer)
  • HPV (human papillomavirus)
  • Sun exposure

However, you may have none of these risk factors and still be at risk of oral cancer, making it extremely important to have regular screenings at R. Boyd Gilleland DDS.

Symptoms to Watch

Your dentist is the best person to detect symptoms of oral cancer. However, you can watch for signs while you are at home in-between biannual dental visits. If you experience any of these symptoms or if your dentist finds them, further testing will be needed to prevent detrimental health conditions from developing.

  • White or red patches in the mouth
  • Continuously bleeding areas
  • Lumps or hard spots in the mouth
  • Areas that do not heal
  • Pain or numbness when chewing or biting

Early detection and prevention methods are the best way to prevent oral cancer. Your dentist in Port Charlotte will check for any discoloration or sores in the mouth. They will then feel around your mouth and assess the tissues for any abnormalities present. If your doctor sees any of the symptoms of oral cancer, they will send samples to the lab for more testing.

Oral cancer screenings are a vital part of your dental treatment at R. Boyd Gilleland DDS. We make sure that your overall health, as well as your dental health, is good for years to come.

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