Firstly, they don’t take very long, they don’t hurt, they could save your life, and can be done during your next routine check-up.
Oral cancer screenings are an excellent way for your dentist to discover abnormalities in your mouth and potentially diagnose oral cancer. If found early on, oral cancer actually has an 80% chance or higher survival rate – meaning it can be beaten! Thus, making early detection a key factor in beating Oral Cancer.
Smokers are at a higher risk for oral and throat cancer, but that doesn’t mean that only smokers are susceptible. Around 25% of those with oral cancer do not have any known risk factors like being a tobacco user – the cancer just appears without understood reason. Even more people do not have any initial symptoms, so it’s no wonder that oral cancer is often discovered in the dangerous, later stages of development.