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Come in today for your oral cancer screening

Don’t neglect oral healthcare. Request an oral cancer screening during your regular checkup at Culp Dental. A careful and thorough examination, along with an updated health history, can help us detect oral cancers at an early stage, when a positive outcome is most likely. Visit Rock Hill, SC’s local dentists to learn more.

What is oral cancer?

Don’t neglect oral healthcare. Request an oral cancer screening during your regular checkup at Culp Dental. A careful and thorough examination, along with an updated health history, can help us detect oral cancers at an early stage, when a positive outcome is most likely. Visit Rock Hill, SC’s local dentists to learn more.

What is oral cancer?

According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 39,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer each year, and 8,000 people die of these cancers annually. It occurs twice as often in men as in women, and the median age at diagnosis is 62. It is estimated that 1 in 95 adults will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer in their lifetime.

What are the risk factors?

Risk factors for oral and pharyngeal cancers include tobacco and alcohol use, human papilloma virus (HPV) infection, age (over 44 years of age), gender (men are more likely to develop these cancers), ultraviolet (UV) light exposure (particularly for lip cancer) and nutrition (a diet rich in vegetables and fruit lowers the incidence).

What are the sign and symptoms?

The persistence of the following symptoms for two weeks or more means you should consult our Rock Hill dental clinic or your physician for a biopsy:

  • White and/or red patches on the cheek or tongue
  • A lump or thickening of oral soft tissues
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Difficulty in moving the tongue or jaw
  • A sore or numb throat
  • Hoarseness or a change in voice

How do dentists screen for oral cancer?

How do dentists screen for oral cancer?

At Culp Dental, we perform an oral cancer screen to look for signs of cancer or precancerous conditions. Our dentists examine the inside of your mouth to check for red or white patches and mouth sores. We’ll don gloves to feel your mouth tissues for evidence of lumps or other abnormalities.

If any signs of mouth cancer or precancerous lesions are found, we may recommend a follow-up visit to re-check your mouth, or a biopsy to remove a sample of cells for laboratory testing. Some dentists perform the biopsy themselves, while others refer you to a cancer specialist. Call your Rock Hill dental specialists at 803-324-2921 to schedule your appointment.