Our office is not only dedicated to improving your smile, we’re also dedicated to your overall wellness. We take a holistic and complete approach to your dental care, which can include an oral cancer screening in Miami as a part of your regular exam. Similar to other cancer, oral cancer can be life threatening if not diagnosed and treated early. We use a velscope to screen for oral tissue abnormalities, including cancer.
You are the most important factor in the early diagnosis of oral cancer. Through routine screenings in our office you can drastically increase the likelihood of detecting and treating oral cancer at an early stage. Please contact our office to schedule your appointment at (305) 857-3731.
Oral Cancer Statistics
Oral cancer kills more people nationwide than either cervical or skin (melanoma) cancer. Only half of the patients diagnosed with Oral Cancer will survive more than five years. In fact, one American dies every hour from the disease.
The Most Common Oral Cancer Factors are:
- tobacco use,
- frequent high quantity alcohol consumption,
- constant sunlight exposure,
- habitual cheek or lip biting,
- or poorly fitting dentures.
Although most oral cancers are found in people who use tobacco and/or drink alcohol excessively, 25% of oral cancers occur in people that do not participate in any risk factors at all.
Signs of Oral Cancer
Dr. Ramon Bana is trained to detect Oral Cancer. His skills and knowledge can be the difference in detecting issues at an earl stage for treatment. A quick screening which involves an examination of your oral cavity as a whole can make the difference in your life.
The most common symptoms of oral cancer include:
- A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal.
- A color change of the oral tissues.
- A lump, thickening or rough spot.
- Pain, tenderness or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips.
- Difficultly chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving the jaw or tongue.
The best way to prevent oral cancer is to avoid common factors that can contribute to the disease. Staying away from all tobacco products and drinking in moderation can reduce the likelihood of oral cancer. Limiting your exposure to the sun and wearing UV-A/B sun blocking protective lotions on your skin and lips in another effective prevention method. Also, maintaining a healthy and balanced diet is important too.
Keep in mind, just because you follow these prevention methods does not mean you will avoid oral cancer with 100% certainty. As mentioned earlier, 25% of all oral cancer is found in people that do not participate in any risk factors which is why its important to receive regular dental exams.
Early detection of oral cancer can improve your chance of successful treatment. If you have any concerns, please contact Dr. Ramon Bana immediately and set an appointment for an examination and oral cancer testing in Miami. You can contact our friendly staff at (305) 857-3731.