As with all cancers, early detection is key to the successful treatment of oral cancer. This is why oral cancer screenings are so important.
Oral cancer can manifest as a sore or growth that does not heal, red or white patches in the mouth, difficulty swallowing or chewing, and persistent pain in the mouth or ear. Risk factors for oral cancer include tobacco and alcohol use, HPV infection, and a weakened immune system.
During an oral cancer screening, Dr. Kenneth Kim or Dr. Sojin Kim will examine your mouth, throat, and neck for any signs of oral cancer. They may also use special tools to look for abnormalities that may not be visible to the naked eye. If they detect anything suspicious, they may recommend further testing or refer you to a specialist for a biopsy.
It is important to note that oral cancer screenings are not just for those who smoke or drink heavily. Anyone can develop oral cancer, and early detection is crucial for successful treatment. It is recommended that everyone receive an oral cancer screening at least once a year, especially those with a higher risk of developing the disease.
We understand the importance of oral cancer screenings in maintaining overall health and wellness. We encourage our patients to prioritize their health and schedule regular check-ups, including oral cancer screenings.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take the first step in protecting your oral health.