Oral Cancer Screenings for Rocky Mount and Surrounding Areas
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, more than 40,000 people will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year, and over 8,000 may die from it. That means oral cancer will claim approximately one life every hour. While most cases of oral cancer are caused by risk factors like tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption, a growing number of cases are being found in patients with none of these risky behaviors. All of which means that routine oral cancer screenings are vital.
When you come to our Rocky Mount office for care, Dr. Gene Gress will look for signs of cancer, because a successful treatment depends on an early diagnosis. Oral cancer is often signified by:
- A sore that bleeds easily or doesn’t heal
- A change in the color of the oral tissues
- A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust, or small, eroded area
- Pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips
If any of these is found during an exam, Dr. Gene Gress will talk with you about the next step in the treatment process. As your family dental office, we’re committed to personalized service that helps you enjoy better health and wellbeing.
Would you like to learn more about oral cancer and how it’s treated? Call Crooked Road Family Dentistry. Our team would be happy to answer your questions. We offer oral cancer screenings to patients in and around Rocky Mount, Roanoke, Martinsville, Danville, Timberlake, and Lynchburg.