Dentist in DeWitt
Michael F. Miller, DMD
4311 E. Genesee Street
DeWitt, NY 13214
New Patients: (315) 947-0928
Existing Patients: (315) 446-8050

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer includes cancers of the mouth and the pharynx (the back of the throat). Oral cancer accounts for roughly two percent of all cancers diagnosed annually in the United States. Approximately 50,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer each year and about 10,600 will die from the disease. On average, 60 percent of those with the disease will survive more than 5 years. Oral cancer most often occurs in people over the age of 40 and affects more than twice as many men as women.

What Puts Someone at Risk?

Tobacco and alcohol use. Most cases of oral cancer are linked to cigarette smoking, heavy alcohol use, or the use of both tobacco and alcohol together. Using tobacco plus alcohol poses a much greater risk than using either substance alone. HPV. Infection with the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (specifically the HPV 16 type) has been linked to a subset of oral cancers. Age. Risk increases with age. The average age for onset for Oral cancer is 62. Sun Exposure. Cancer of the lip can be caused by sun exposure.

Possible Signs & Symptoms

See a dentist or physician if any of the following symptoms lasts for more than 2 weeks.

Early Detection

It is important to find oral cancer as early as possible when it can be treated more successfully. An oral cancer examination can detect early signs of cancer. The exam is painless and takes only a few minutes. In Dr. Miller's office, the oral cancer screening exam is done as a routine part of the standard oral examination. During the exam, your dentist or dental hygienist will check your face, neck, lips, and entire mouth for signs of cancer.

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