Oral Cancer Screening

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More than 50,000 Americans will be diagnosed with some type of oral cancer this year. About 10,000 people, or one in five, will die from these cancers. The average age of diagnoses is 62, however it also affects younger people.

Screening by us – your trusted dentist – for early detection is critically important.

How can it affect your mouth?

These types of cancers happen in the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, hard and soft palate, sinuses, and throat.

What are the causes of oral cancer?

Age is often cited as a risk factor, since most sufferers are older. Recent data has revealed the fastest-growing segment is non-smokers under the age of 50. There are several factors that likely increase your chances of developing oral cancer. They are:

  • Tobacco use
  • Alcohol consumption
  • A weakened immune system
  • Viral infections.

      What are the symptoms?

      Since oral cancer rarely causes pain in its early stage, it’s usually only detected by your dentist. One of the most common symptoms is a sore in the mouth that doesn’t heal. In some cases, you might not realize you have this disease until you experience symptoms similar to those of a toothache.

      How can we help?

      During a comprehensive twice-a-year checkup, Dr. Sokolovskiy and his hygienist will not only perform a professional cleaning and health assessment of your teeth and gums, but also screen for signs of oral cancer. All our patient exams our thorough – so that we can follow your progress and properly measure your oral profile. With regular checkups, we can address developing concerns while they’re still small, before they have a chance to develop into something more serious.

      Your total health is always our number-one concern at Batavia Family Dental. To book an appointment for advanced gentle dental care, please call us today at (585) 343-4246. We accept most insurances. Check out our convenient location at 6 Batavia City Center in Batavia, NY.

      Thanks for making us your dentist in Batavia! We look forward to seeing you – and protecting that smile and your health!