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Did you know, oral cancer screenings are essential? In fact, screenings are critical to identifying oral cancer so that you can seek treatment right away.

To help you learn more about the importance of oral cancer screenings, our dentist, Dr. Leida P. Stine with Leida P. Stine, DDS, FAGD in Dublin, California, is happy to talk to you more about it.

For starters, it has been projected that over 42,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or throat cancers this year alone. Furthermore, the five-year survival rate is close to 64 percent! That is an enormous percentage. It is also well known that the soon you can catch any form of cancer, the higher your chances are of defeating it, so it should be a priority to get checked often. Fortunately, an oral cancer screening does come as part of your six-month dental checkup, so you can get tested regularly and catch it as early as possible.

Until you go into your dental checkup, there are symptoms you can watch out for that could be signs of oral cancer. These symptoms include:

-Sensitivity in your gums and throat: If you are feeling any numbness or pain and tenderness in your mouth, throat, and neck, be sure to get checked out directly.
-Throat pain: If your throat feels like there is something stuck in it, or if you feel pain when breathing or swallowing, it could be a tumor living in your throat.
-Inflammation: If you see any significant swelling in your mouth or gums, or any lumps or bumps for no apparent reason you can see, this could be a sign of cancer.
-Patches in your mouth or throat: If you see red, white, or speckled patches in your mouth, this could be a warning sign something is amiss.
-Lack of movement: If you have difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, moving your jaw or tongue, you could be experiencing oral cancer.

If you are experiencing any of these signs or symptoms, be sure to call us at 925.828.9993 for an oral cancer screening right away. Our dental team is happy to give you a dental checkup to see if there is anything to be concerned about your oral health.