An Oral Cancer Screening Can Help Save Your Life
An oral cancer screening performed by Dr. Wade Peers at our Park City, UT, practice can detect oral cancer in its earliest stages, improving the chances of successful treatment. Close to 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer each year. Of those, only about 50 percent will survive beyond five years. This dangerous disease is hard to detect, making routine oral cancer screenings all the more important. When oral cancer is caught early, treatment is more manageable and patients have a greater chance of survival. At Park City Oral Surgery, our office is equipped with the latest technology to make your oral screening both quick and comfortable.
Who is at Risk for Oral Cancer?
Oral cancer is a type of cancer that affects the soft tissues within the mouth, including the lips, throat, tongue, salivary glands, sinus cavity, and larynx. Although this disease can affect adults of all ages, you are at a higher risk of developing oral cancer if you:
- Smoke or use tobacco products
- Consume excessive amounts of alcohol
- Have a family history of oral cancer
- Are exposed to high levels of UV rays
- Have been diagnosed with HPV (human papillomavirus)
This innovative, noninvasive screening can be performed in a matter of minutes and could even save your life.
Signs and Symptoms
Precancerous lesions are not be easy to detect by untrained eyes; therefore, it is important to visit a specialist like Dr. Peers for an oral cancer screening. We urge you to schedule an appointment at Park City Oral Surgery as soon as possible if you see or experience symptoms such as:
- White or red lesions
- Painful, persistent sores that bleed
- Swollen lips, gums, or soft tissues
- Numbness or tenderness in the mouth or on the face and neck
- Hoarseness or difficulty swallowing
- Weight loss
- Shifting teeth
What to Expect during Your Oral Cancer Screening
During your consultation, Dr. Peers will examine your face, neck, and head for any lumps or other concerns. He will then examine the inside of your mouth using light-based enhanced imaging to detect tissue abnormalities in their earliest stages. Early detection can improve the chances of successful treatment. Research has proven that an early diagnosis provides an 80 to 90 percent survival rating.
This innovative, noninvasive screening can be performed in a matter of minutes and could even save your life. As the device is placed inside your mouth, it emits a special light designed to stimulate your oral tissue, causing it to fluoresce. Unhealthy tissue will emit a different color, providing easy diagnosis. If the oral cancer screening reveals a concern, Dr. Peers will recommend additional testing. As a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Peers is equipped to perform biopsies and other oral pathology services in-house. In cases where oral cancer is confirmed, he will recommend an oncologist in the area for additional treatment.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you are concerned about a particular sore in your mouth, it is vital that you visit our office immediately. Routine oral cancer screenings are designed to both protect your oral and physical health. Contact our office today online or call (435) 615-9840 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Peers.
“We have had the pleasure over the past 14 years to work closely with Dr. Peers, and he has always taken superb care of our patients. A great oral surgeon that our area is most fortunate to have!” Dr. Michael Knight