Oral Cancer Screenings

Early Detection is Key

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McKinney, TX Oral Cancer Screen

Look no further than Apollo Dental for oral cancer screenings in McKinney, TX. Nearly 42,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral and throat cancer every year. The key to survival is early detection. Oral cancer can also be known as; mouth cancer, throat cancer, tonsil cancer, and tongue cancer. It can affect the lips, gums, tongue, the roof of your mouth, floor of your mouth, throat, tonsils, etc.

Getting Screened

When making an appointment or when you arrive at your McKinney, TX dentist office, let them know you would like to be screened. The exam will be of the oral cavity, head, and neck. The exam itself typically takes less than five minutes. During the screening, your doctor will go over signs and symptoms they are looking for and how you can look for them as well. If your dentist believes there is suspicion of cancer they will refer you to an oral surgeons office for evaluation and possible biopsy. Regular dental exams, every six months, will help aid in early detection.

Dental Exam & Checkup

Signs & Symptoms:

  • Red or white lesions on mouth or lip
  • Difficulty swallowing or chewing
  • Sore, lump or pain that doesn't go away
  • Loose teeth - seems to be for no reason
  • Difficulty moving your tongue or jaw
  • Swelling and/or numbness in the mouth

Risk Factors:

  • Tobacco
  • Alcohol
  • Combined use of Tobacco & Alcohol
  • HPV 16 Positive
  • Poor Diet

Get the Word Out!

Public awareness is one of the best ways to detect any type of cancer early. We are now custom to mammograms, pap tests and colonoscopies all because it has become known to the public how important screening and early detection is.

While over the age of 50 we typically saw oral cancer, there have been increasing numbers in the recent years of people in their 20's and 30's. It is not known the exact cause of this but studies are starting to lean towards HPV 16 as the link in young adults and oral cancer. This means all ages should be having exams each time they visit the dentist. Make your screenings part of your six-month dental check-up every time with your McKinney dentists. You will be happy you did!

Apollo Dental

1521 W University Dr #120
McKinney, TX 75069

(469) 617-2522
Family Dentistry