Oral Cancer Screening – Jacksonville, FL
Attending Your Checkup Can Be Lifesaving
Oral cancer doesn’t get the same attention as other forms of cancer, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t deadly. Just over 50,000 adults in the United States are diagnosed with oral cancer every year, and only 45% survive after 10 years. An oral cancer screening that identifies dangerous symptoms early could end up saving your life; as such, Dr. Schumacher has made such screenings a regular part of every preventive checkup. Please call our office right away if it has been more than six months since your last appointment.
Why Choose James L. Schumacher for Oral Cancer Screenings?
- State-of-the-Art OralID Detection System
- Dentist with Over 40 Years of Experience
- An Office That Emphasizes Comfortable Care
Early Detection Makes All the Difference
The bad news is that oral cancer rates have risen in recent years – but the good news is that so have survival rates! Part of the reason for that, of course, is the fact that medical treatments for cancer has improved significantly over time. However, another major reason is the fact that oral cancer screenings have become more widespread, and as a result the disease is being detected in its early stages more often. Oral cancer that is successfully diagnosed early on is much easier to treat, and as a result, patients are more likely to survive after 5 or 10 years.
You don’t even have to do anything special to receive an oral cancer screening. It’s performed as part of every regular checkup. You may not even have realized it, but your dentist was looking for lumps and other warning signs of oral cancer at the same time they were checking for cavities whenever you came in for a six-month visit.
What are the Symptoms of Oral Cancer?
While it’s not uncommon to miss the warning signs of oral cancer until a professional has examined your mouth, there are some symptoms you might notice on your own, such as:
- The feeling that something is always caught in your throat.
- Having trouble chewing or swallowing in general.
- Stiffness or pain in the jaw that doesn’t go away.
- An unusual lump or bump that appears on the soft tissues in your mouth.
- Sores and lesions that don’t heal after two weeks.
All of these symptoms are also associated with less harmful oral health conditions, which is why having a screening performed is a crucial step. Depending on what we find, we might ask you to come back in a couple of weeks for another look, or we might refer you to a specialist who can give you a more definitive answer.
What is an Oral Cancer Screening Like?
Our oral cancer screenings are performed using an OralID device. It works by using fluorescence technology, shining a special light on the mouth that highlights potentially problematic areas. Thanks to OralID, we have a much easier time detecting even the smallest potential signs of cancer in the mouth. The screening process is very brief, and you may not even realize that it’s being done, but it could end up being an extremely important step for protecting your body.