Did you know that oral cancer can be a potentially life-threatening illness? In fact, almost 8,000 Americans die every year from oral cancer. This year alone, over 30,000 new cases of oral cancer will be diagnosed. Fortunately, Rochester residents can easily be screened for oral cancer by visiting the dentist.
Rochester Dentist Provides Oral Cancer Screenings
At every oral examination, Dr. Gilly Calcagno screens patients for oral cancer. Trained to detect abnormalities, our team at Calcagno Cosmetic & Family Dentistry looks for discoloration, lumps, swelling, and other indicators of oral cancer during routine dental checkups. Oral cancer may develop on the gum tissue, the tongue, the lips, and the roof of the mouth. By conducting a thorough examination of the oral cavity, face, neck, and head, an oral cancer screening could save your life.
Oral Cancer Symptoms
- Difficulty when chewing or speaking
- Lumps in the oral tissue
- Discoloration of the gums, lips, tongue, and soft oral tissues
- Red or white colored patches in the mouth
- Thickening of the tongue
- Rough spots on the gum tissue, tongue, or inside of the cheeks
- Prolonged sore throat
- Oral sores or lesions that heal slowly
- Unexplained bleeding in the oral cavity
Ways to Reduce Oral Cancer Risks
- Quit using any type of tobacco
- Avoid heavy alcohol use
- Watch out for UV exposure
- Adopt thorough a oral hygiene regimen
Preventing and Detecting Oral Cancer in Rochester
As April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, we invite you to help us raise awareness by educating your friends and family on this dangerous illness. In addition to patient education, Dr. Calcagno recommends that patients avoid risky behaviors that contribute to oral cancer. If you have HPV, Cytomegalovirus, or a family history of oral cancer, you may be at a heightened risk for developing this illness. Because early detection is important to survival, Rochester residents should visit our dentist office regularly for routine checkups and cleanings.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Calcagno, contact our Rochester dentist office at (507) 281-3659. We serve patients from Red Wing, Hastings, Farmington, Winona, St. Charles, and the neighboring Rochester communities.