Understanding what mouth cancer is and recognizing the related symptoms in Brentwood, CA
No one wants to believe that he or she could get cancer. However, we all know someone whose life has been impacted by the disease. While some forms of cancer get more attention than others, oral cancer is a serious disease with approximately 40,000 new cases diagnosed every year. Of those that are diagnosed, approximately 60 percent receive the treatment they need to reach the five-year survival threshold.
Like many other forms of cancer, oral cancer patients have a much better chance of survival and future health when the cancer is detected early. If it is caught before it metastasizes and spreads to other areas of the body, there is an 83 percent survival rate. When it’s caught after spreading to other areas of the body, the survival rate is only 36 percent. Oral cancer can be hard to catch by the patient because the symptoms are hard to detect.
This is why it’s important for patients to undergo frequent oral cancer screenings by a trained dentist. Dr. Jamil Alkhoury has been screening his Brentwood, CA, patients for oral cancer for many years. He assures patients that the screening is simple, fast, and does not cause any pain or discomfort. The simple exam includes Dr. Alkhoury looking at the mouth and under the tongue for changes in tissue, such as growths and lesions. He will also feel the cheeks and salivary glands to see if they are inflamed or blocked.
In some cases, there will be sores or lesions that are noticed and they may cause concern. In these cases, Dr. Alkhoury will discuss the next steps with you. He may determine that the risk of cancer is minimal and suggest rechecking the area in several months. If there is a higher risk of cancer, he may suggest a biopsy or further testing to determine if cancerous cells are present.
In addition to screening for cancer, Dr. Alkhoury also helps patients learn how they can help prevent oral cancer from occurring. While the exact cause of oral cancer isn’t always known, there are factors such as smoking and using smokeless tobacco that can increase your risk.
For more information about oral health, call the office of Dr. Alkhoury today.
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Dr Alkhoury is wonderful! He took great care of my 5 year old daughter. He and his assistant made my daughter feel very comfortable. She is wanting to come back to the dentist for her next check up already. Highly recommend! They are the best at Brentwood Family Dental. Thank you Dr Alkhoury!!!