Articles relevant to: Oral Cancer

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Everything You Need To Know (And Probably Don’t) About Oral Cancer

Everything You Need To Know (And Probably Don’t) About Oral Cancer

Fact. Oral cancer is on the rise and according to the BC Cancer Agency, in 2011 an estimated 531 people in British Columbia alone were diagnosed with some form of oral cancer.. 176 of those people died, and that number is rising year after year.

In this blog, 123 Dentist Member Clinics want to help you understand oral cancer and what you can do about it, to make sure you live a long and healthy life. While oral cancer diagnoses are on the rise, it is one of the most treatable cancers, meaning that for those who catch it early, it is highly survivable.

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Why are Oral Cancer Screenings Important?

Why are Oral Cancer Screenings Important?

During your next checkup, you may want to have an oral cancer screening to see if you are at risk of developing oral cancer. Oral cancer screenings are designed to try to catch the early signs of oral cancer before they progress to a more advanced stage.

Oral cancer screenings are important because oral cancer can be successfully treated if caught early enough. Approximately 84% of oral cancer cases can be detected early by a dental health professional. At 123 Dentist, we have many methods of detecting early signs of oral cancer with the newest, state of the art technology.

When your dentist does an oral cancer screening, they use many tools to look for any discolouration or mouth sores in your mouth. They then feel the tissues around your mouth for lumps or abnormalities. If they detect any form of abnormality in your mouth, they will send a sample of it to a lab for further testing.

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Are Seniors More At Risk For Oral Cancer?

Are Seniors More At Risk For Oral Cancer?

Yes — the risk of oral cancer tends to increase with age. The American Cancer Society (ACS) reports that more than half of all oral cancer patients are 65 years of age and older. Therefore the older you get, the more at risk you become and the more important it becomes to take care of your oral health.

Oral cancer can sometimes be detected by lesions found on your tongue or in your mouth. If you find a lesion or a sore in your mouth, we recommend seeing a dentist right away to have it checked out.

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B.C. Scientists’ Research Could Improve Oral Cancer Detection

B.C. Scientists’ Research Could Improve Oral Cancer Detection

A team of scientists from B.C., along with the help of dentists and doctors from UBC, SFU, Vancouver General Hospital and the BC Cancer Agency, may have discovered a way to improve early oral cancer detection.

While there have been technological advancements in early oral cancer detection, like the VELscope exams, there is usually a delayed response in diagnosing a patient for oral cancer. Therefore, in case the lesions in your mouth are not cancerous, dentists don’t want to immediately recommend surgery in order to avoid unnecessary treatment or pain. On the other hand, this puts the people who have cancerous lesions at risk for a delayed response for oral cancer treatment.

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Toxic Teeth: Smoking and Oral Health Issues

It is a commonly known fact that smoking leads to health problems such as lung cancer, but did you know that smoking and oral health problems often go hand in hand?

In fact, smoking is the leading cause for almost 75% of gum disease in adults. This percentage includes adults who smoke from pipes and cigars, as well as those enjoying smokeless tobacco.

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