This year, health officials estimate that 54,000 will be diagnosed with oral cancer. Since April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, we want to take a moment to share some things you should know about this disease.
Here are some tips from our team in Warwick, NY about what you can do to fight oral cancer.
Check Your Neck
An important thing you can do is conduct a self-exam. Start by checking your neck for swollen lymph nodes and lumps. Ask yourself if you feel like something is stuck in your throat or if you have difficulty swallowing.
Check the Soft Tissues
Oral cancer can cause lumps in your mouth as well. Check your cheeks, gums, lips, and tongue for discoloration or unusual bumps.
Get a Dental Checkup
Visit us for a dental cleaning and exam in Warwick, NY. We will be looking for tooth decay and gum infections. We also will be looking for anything unusual, such as discoloration inside your mouth or lumps that could indicate oral cancer.
Call 845-582-3985 or to set up a dental visit, including and oral cancer screening, at Warwick Valley Dental.