Oral Cancer Screening in West Monroe
Oral cancer kills more people nationwide than either cervical or skin (melanoma) cancer, and only half of patients diagnosed will survive more than five years. One American dies every hour from oral cancer. The most common risk factors are tobacco use, frequent high quantity alcohol consumption, constant sunlight exposure, habitual cheek or lip biting, or poorly fitting dentures. Although most oral cancers are found in people who use tobacco and/or drink alcohol excessively, 25 percent of oral cancers occur in people who have no risk factors at all. Additionally, oral cancer is now the number six cancer killer in men, and it's more prevalent than cervical cancer.
Dr. Scott could very well be your number one soldier in the fight against oral cancer. Statistics show in about 10 percent of patients, dentists notice a problem area even before the patient notices. During a regular dental checkup, Dr. Scott will examine your entire mouth, searching for a flat, painless, white or red spot or small sore. Other signs of oral cancer can include:
- A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal.
- A color change 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.
Two tests can determine if a trouble spot is cancerous. A brush biopsy is a painless test performed on areas that look harmless or do not have a clear cause. This test can detect potentially dangerous cells in the early stages of the disease. A scalpel biopsy, which requires local anesthesia, is usually performed on suspicious areas.
Remember to schedule regular checkups for everyone in your family. Two visits per year are recommended for general care. If, between visits, you notice any unusual changes in your mouth, call Dr. Scott immediately. Together you and your dentist can fight and win the battle against oral cancer.
Located in West Monroe, Dr. Scott’s full-service dental office has served patients from Monroe, Ruston, Rayville, Farmerville, Columbia, South Arkansas, and greater North Louisiana for three decades. Because of his consistent excellence, Dr. Scott is the 67th dentist in the U.S. to receive The Academy of General Dentistry highest honor of Lifetime Learning and Service Recognition Award. Less than 100 dentists in the United States have been granted this award. This prestigious LLSR award symbolizes a dentist’s dedication to remain current in the art and science of dentistry and to “give back” in service to the community of man. Call our West Monroe dental office today to reserve your consultation with Dr. King Scott and our compassionate team of dental professionals.