Can You Screen Yourself for Oral Cancer?
Self-screening for oral cancer can be done at home, in very little time.
But that doesn’t mean we should skip our regular dental appointments, dentists do more than detect cavities. You’ll be screened for oral cancer when you go in for your next regular dental exam, but a regular at-home screening is highly recommended as well.
When it comes to leading a long, healthy life, it’s always best to know yourself…and to give yourself a once over every so often.
While this advice can take on significant philosophical meaning, we’re talking about knowing yourself better physiologically speaking…of course.
Being in tune with your body and watching out for early symptoms of oral cancer can make your next dental visit a little more enjoyable.
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, every hour of every day somebody in the United States dies of oral cancer.
This serious dental disease, which can lead to and indicate other, even more serious health concerns is primarily caused by smoking, smokeless tobacco, alcohol abuse, and the human papilloma virus (HPV).
This is even more true for those who drink excessive amounts of alcohol, smoke or use tobacco products, AND have lip-biting and cheek-chewing habits, or ill-fitting dentures.
All those things already put you at a higher risk for oral cancer. Read the rest of this entry »