What Age is Best for Oral Cancer Screenings to Start?
Posted on 2/20/2020 by Manhattan Maxillofacial Surgery Group
Cancer is one of the deadliest diseases in the world. In fact, it's said that of all the diseases that caused people to die in 2017, cancer was one of the main players in those numbers. Due to the danger that this disease is, most people have surrounded themselves with various sources of information to keep it at bay.
The sad this is that many people unfortunately disregard cancers of the mouth when they are talking about killer cancers out there. Cancer of the mouth includes cancer appearing anywhere in the mouth and connected organs. This includes cancer of the cheeks, tongue, gums, oropharyngeal among others.
Cancer is a disease that takes its time before it can show up on any tests or exhibits any symptoms. Although some cancers are rarely seen in young people, no one is safe from it. As such, it makes sense for people to start getting tested as soon as possible. According to the numbers drawn up by the American Cancer Society, there are about 53,000 Americans who will receive a diagnosis of oropharyngeal or oral cancer between 2019 and 2020.
Although the numbers show that about 25% of these people will be at above age 55. It's important to remember that people are different. Therefore, your body might resist the disease, but it's still in the developmental stages.
It therefore makes sense that people start getting screenings as soon as possible. In fact, most dentists today do include a test for oral cancer whenever you go for your regular checkup. In a nutshell, it means that these tests will be able to show if you have something to worry about or not.
Since cancer doesn't have a cure, the best chance to beat it is by identifying it early so that appropriate measures can be taken. If you are interested in taking an oral cancer test, then we will do it for you. Not only are we very capable in this field, but also make sure our patients get nothing but the best.
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