Oral cancer is the most common cancer in India; as 4 in 10 of all cancers are oral cancers. Annually 130,000 people succumb to oral cancer in India mostly owing to the high consumption of tobacco in various forms.
There is some good news, however — finding and treating oral cancer early greatly increases your chances for survival.
When discovered early by your dentist, oral cancer maintains a 95% survival rate. Unfortunately, the majority of oral cancers aren’t discovered until it is too late, dropping the survival rate to 5%.
The simple solution to increasing your odds: don’t wait. An oral cancer screening often catches the cancer in its early stages when it remains highly curable. In addition to asking about your medical history, dentists use a variety of techniques during oral cancer screenings, including visual inspection, x-ray and biopsy. Whether or not you have oral cancer, your dentist will help you to determine your current situation and potential risks.
Most dentists understand that — just like brushing and flossing your teeth — checking your mouth for oral cancer should be another part of your routine.
If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with us at Max Dental Care,Mohali immediately. Although these symptoms do not always indicate oral cancer, a proper oral cancer screening will help you to be sure.