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As part of your dental checkup, you can have an oral cancer screening. Cancer is a serious threat to your health. That is why it is important to get checked regularly.

Our dentist, Dr. Paul R. Stanovick in Mechanicsville, Virginia, cares about your oral health, and your overall health, which is why we have provided you this information on oral cancer screenings and why they are essential.

There have been reports that claim over 42,000 Americans alone will be diagnosed with oral or throat cancers this year. In fact, the five-year survival rate is on average 64 percent! It is also known that the earlier you can diagnose cancer, the better your chances are for overcoming it, making it essential get checked regularly. You should get screened regularly to catch it as early as possible.

Between your dental checkup times, there are signs you can watch out for that could be symptoms of oral cancer, such as:

-Patches in your mouth or throat: If you see white, red, or speckled spots inside your mouth, this could be a warning sign you have cancer.
-Inflammation: If you see any swelling in your mouth or gums, along with any lumps or bumps you can’t explain, this could be a sign of cancer.
-Throat pain: If your throat feels like something is stuck in it, or if you feel pain when breathing or swallowing, it could be a tumor living in your throat.
-Sensitivity in your gums and throat: If you are experiencing any numbness or pain and tenderness in your mouth, throat and even neck, be sure to get checked out right away for the safety of your oral health.
-Lack of movement: If you have difficulty speaking, chewing, swallowing, moving your jaw or tongue around, you could be experiencing oral cancer.

If you are experiencing any of these warning symptoms, be sure to call us for an oral cancer screening.

Our dental team is happy to provide you with high-quality care and answer any oral health questions you may have. To make an appointment at Paul R. Stanovick, DDS, please call 804-781-1919 and talk to a member of our friendly staff. Our dental team looks forward to your call