Oral cancer is a disease that affects tens of thousands of people every year. It is estimated that up to 50,000 people will be newly diagnosed this year, and unfortunately the number of cases is on the rise. April is Oral Cancer Awareness month, so this is a great opportunity to learn more about the disease. If you or anyone you know exhibits any of the signs of oral cancer, please make an appointment right away. An early diagnosis can help increase the chances of successful treatment.
Those who are diagnosed with oral cancer are typically men over the age of 50, although it can affect either gender and nearly any age group. Tobacco users are six times more likely to develop oral cancer than non-smokers. Drinking alcohol in excess can also increase your risk. Early detection is key, as it is with nearly any kind of cancer.
If you notice any of the following signs, please contact our office for a comprehensive screening. Keep in mind, these can also signify other conditions. Some common symptoms include:
· • You have white or red patches in your mouth.
· • You have sores in your mouth that do not go away.
· • Sores are painful, bleed, or cause numb sensations in your mouth.
Any mouth discomfort that you experience warrants a call to Dr. Michael Stypula and our specialized team. Not everyone with sores in their mouth will be diagnosed with oral cancer, but it is best to get checked. Even if you do not have oral cancer, you will want to get these sores treated so you can get rid of the pain you are experiencing.
Call for Your Screening Today
Routine screenings are essential to good oral health. A screening is even more important if you are experiencing oral cancer symptoms in Pittsburgh, PA. Please call Dr. Michael Stypula to schedule your appointment today.