What Age is Best for Starting Oral Cancer Screenings?
Posted on 11/10/2019 by Pacific Maxillofacial Center
The objective of oral cancer screenings is to detect signs of tongue, lip, and oral cancer early so that the subject has the best chance of making a full recovery.
When Should I Start Getting Screened for Oral Cancer?
The average age at which oral cancer is detected is 62 years. The condition has a clear and established link with tobacco and alcohol abuse. There are other risk factors as well, some genetic and others related to lifestyle.
Therefore, it is best that oral cancer screenings begin early, keeping the risk factors in mind. For example, if a person abuses tobacco, then screening for oral cancers must begin from the age tobacco consumption began.
At the very least, screenings for oral and oropharyngeal cancers must commence by the age of eighteen. Doctors recommend a visit to the dentist every six months. Dentists are equipped to check for oral cancers. This is the best and most convenient approach for most people. The screening is visual, may be tactile, and is generally non-invasive.
We may also ask questions to rule out early signs of cancer in the back of the throat where visual detection may not be easy. It is easily accomplished and gives you peace of mind. In future, biomarkers present in saliva may be used to detect oral cancer before visible symptoms appear.
It is important to state that if you notice any changes in the mouth or you're at a higher risk because of lifestyle or hereditary factors, then you must consider getting screened independent of your dental checkup schedule.
Oral cancer symptoms appear late. By the time, these appear the malignancy has spread. Survival rate for oral cancer is 62% after five years. Give yourself the best chance of protection from this condition. We can tell you how. Book an appointment today.