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Oral Cancer Awareness Month

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Oral Cancer Awareness

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month.

Throughout the month of April, Infinity Dental Care is offering complimentary oral cancer screenings.

Every day around three Australians are diagnosed with oral cancer. While it may not be the most common cancer, early diagnosis and treatment is essential.

Oral cancer may be detected:

  • On your lips (usually the lower lip)
  • Inside the mouth
  • Salivary glands
  • Tonsils
  • Back of the throat
  • Esophagus
  • Tongue
  • Gums and soft tissues.

What is an Oral Cancer Screening?

During your screening exam, we will closely assess the inside of your mouth to check for abnormal looking red or white patches or mouth sores. We may also physically feel the tissues in your mouth to check for lumps or other anomalies.

An oral exam cannot determine which sores are cancerous and which are not. So to be on the safe side, we may refer you for further tests to determine the cause of the abnormality. The only way to definitively determine whether you have oral cancer is via a biopsy where some cells are removed and sent to a pathology laboratory for testing.

Factors that can increase the risk of oral cancer include:

  • Tobacco use of any kind, including cigarettes, cigars, and pipes
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Previous oral cancer diagnosis

Symptoms include:

  • A sore that doesn’t heal
  • A lump
  • A white or red patch

People may experience:

Pain: In the ear, mouth, and face and while swallowing
Mouth: Ulcers, bad breath, or red and white plaques
Also common: Coughing or enlarged neck lymph nodes
Treatment includes surgery and radiation therapy. In some cases, chemotherapy may be required.
If you need any further information or are worried about your oral health make an appointment with Dr Jack today.

Dr Jack is available at Infinity Dental Care six days a week Monday to Saturday with evening appointments available. To find out more about how our friendly team can help you overcome your dental phobia, contact the Infinity Dental Care team. You will find us in The Winston Hills Mall, 180 Caroline Chisholm Drive, Winston Hills NSW 2153. Call our friendly staff on (02) 9838 9111 to schedule a consultation.