Oral cancer is scary (as are all cancers). It has been shown that oral cancers have a five-year survival rate that is as low as 60 percent. We understand that is scary to think about, so it is important to protect yourself by getting checked for the disease today. To help, here are the top reasons you should add an oral cancer screening to your wellness checklist.
It’s easy. Asking your dentist to check for signs of oral cancer during your next visit is super easy. Just ask! It can save your life, so don’t be afraid to speak up and ask your dentist for this examination or if you have any questions. By asking for a screening, you can boost your chances of survival by at least 20 percent when the disease is caught early.
It’s inexpensive. When you incorporate an oral cancer exam into your regular dental visit, there is no extra charge! The only added expense comes if any follow-up procedures are needed. And if that is the case, at least you staying proactive and ensuring your health is taken care of. These follow-up visits will help.
It’s better to be safe. You might feel anxious or nervous to ask, but you shouldn’t. While asking is easy, it is also better to be safe than not. Even if you don’t have oral cancer, isn’t it better to know for sure? We think so.
Contact us at Kevin Alperstein, DDS today to schedule your next dental appointment and ask for an oral cancer screening.