The Importance of Oral Cancer Screening: Vital Information from Horsham Dental Elements

May 26, 2014

shutterstock_158422688According to the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, approximately 42,440 people are diagnosed with oral cancer every year. Of these men and women, 8,390 will succumb to this aggressive disease. At Horsham Dental Elements in Philadelphia, PA and Horsham, PA, Dr. Gary Henkel and his team offer comprehensive oral cancer screenings as a part of our general and preventive dentistry services. With the latest technology and truly compassionate care, we help patients of all ages protect themselves against the complications of oral health diseases, including oral cancer.

Why is Oral Cancer Screening Important?

Like all other forms of cancer, oral cancer is most successfully treated when diagnosed in its earliest stages. During oral cancer screenings, Dr. Henkel is able to detect the beginning stages of lesions and other growths that may indicate the presence of cancerous cells.

Though there is no substitute for a professional cleaning, exam, and oral cancer screening at Horsham Dental Elements, there are some signs that you can be aware of at home between visits to our office. Contact us immediately if you notice any of the following:

  • Sores, ulcers, or unusual lumps
  • Problems with chewing or the way that dental prosthetics fit against the gums
  • Difficulties with speech
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Unexplained loss of appetite with or without weight loss
  • Pain when swallowing
  • White or gray lesions on the tongue, gums, lips, cheek lining, or floor of the mouth

Because these symptoms may be indicative of concerns other than oral cancer, they should still be evaluated to rule out the possibility of potentially serious conditions.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Has it been more than six months since your last oral healthcare checkup? If so, it’s time to schedule your appointment with Dr. Henkel at Horsham Dental Elements. Contact us today to discover what a difference our unique, patient-centric approach can make in your oral health and your life. From our two conveniently located offices in Horsham, PA and Philadelphia, PA, we also happily serve patients from throughout Philadelphia, Montgomery and Bucks Counties, including Springfield, Dresher, Hatboro, and beyond.