Oral cancer (cancer type) diagnosis medical concept on tablet screen with stethoscope.Did you know that oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers in the United States are prevalent across all ages and genders? Each year, over 50,000 cases of cancer are diagnosed, as reported by the American Cancer Society. With early detection, diagnosis, and treatment, many patients can avoid severe consequences from this condition. At Schindler Dentistry in Columbus, OH, patients can speak to our team about having oral cancer screenings done regularly to look for the signs of cancer in its earliest stages.

Why are oral cancer screenings important?

Approximately 10,000 Americans will die of oral cancer each year, which makes it incredibly vital that we take a proactive approach to screening for oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancer at least once a year. Dr. Sharon Schindler and her team work routinely with patients to detect concerns in their earliest stage to increase one’s chance of survival with appropriate treatments.

How is oral cancer treated?

As with other cancers, there are a few approaches to addressing oral cancer. The type of cancer present, the stage it has reached, and the location will often determine the treatment recommended. It may include:

  • Manual excision
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation

With the help of the dentist and an oncologist, patients can make an educated decision regarding their choices with the information supplied by their professional team.

Where can oral cancer develop?

Any area of the mouth may be subjected to oral cancer. This includes the tongue, tonsils, oropharynx, gum tissues, and the floor or roof of the mouth. Some cancers may be found in the surrounding areas, including the lips, salivary glands, and down the throat.

Why regular screenings?

By undergoing routine and continued evaluations and screenings, many patients can be proactive about protecting their health. Just like other cancers, it is vital that patients screen for oral cancer with a trained and experienced professional.

Are you in need of an oral cancer screening?

Connect with the team at Schindler Dentistry today to make an appointment. Call (614) 586-0609 to schedule a visit with Dr. Sharon Schindler at 775 Yard Street, Ste. #175. The office is open to new and returning patients and families who are in need of general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry.