This year 53,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or oropharyngeal cancer. That number, although staggering, is expected to increase yearly. In 2019, it is expected that 16,000 men and 3,000 women will develop oral cancer. There are two distinct pathways by which most people come to oral cancers. One is through the use of tobbaco and alcohol, which is a long-term problem and historic cause. The other is through HPV, or Human Papilloma Virus. With nearly 200 strains of HPV, these numbers may come at no surprise to you. Here is what you should understand and look for.
Oral Cancer - CDC - Centers for Disease Control
According to the CDC - Centers for Disease Control, about 72% of all oral cancers are the results of an oncogenic HPV infection. White, non-smoking males in their 40's and 50's are most at risk, 4 to 1 over females. Remember, these infections occurred in their early life stages, not in their fourth or fifth decade. In fact, almost all HPV infections occur in peoples' teens and 20's.
Oral Cancer Signs and Symptoms
- Hoarseness or sore throat that does not resolve itself within a few weeks.
- A painless, firm, fixated lump felt on the outside of the neck, which has been there for at least two weeks.
- Constant coughing that does not resolve itself after many days.
- Difficulty swallowing; a sensation that food is getting caught in your throat.
- An earache on one side (unilateral) that persists for more than a few days.
- All of the above symptoms have the commonality of being persistent and not resolving.
Oral Cancer Risk Factors
- Tobacco use in all its forms.
- Alcohol usage is also a major risk factor.
- HPV Infections.
- 10 percent will come from unknown causes.
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Be sure to call Mary today for an appointment to stay on top of your dental and oral care and all your dental needs. She can be reached at (972) 355-2222. Our skilled dental hygienists are on the front lines for early diagnosis and treatment of oral cancer. During the pre-screening, you will be asked a series of questions and they will look for irregular sores and lesions which have not resolved themselves within a two week time frame. If found, you will be asked to visit a secondary provider for further tests and treatments to confirm.
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About Flower Mound Dental: William E. Wyatt Jr. DSS
Flower Mound Dental: William E. Wyatt Jr. DSS, is here to meet all of your dental needs by providing truly gentle, exceptional dentistry, whether you need a filling, cleaning, whitening, root canal, or any other dental service. Located in Flower Mound, in the Kroger Shopping Center, near Lifetime Fitness, our professional and friendly team will provide you and your entire family with a comfortable and superior dental experience that you won’t find anywhere else. We want you to be comfortable and we want you to bring us your questions and concerns. Our commitment to oral hygiene and your overall wellness results in personalized and comprehensive visits with you to ensure we meet all of your health needs. Dr. Wyatt is a leading professional in his field and takes special care with each person in a calm and inviting atmosphere that will make you feel right at home.
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About William E. Wyatt Jr. DSS:
When it comes to dental education, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone more knowledgeable than Dr. Wyatt. Dr. Wyatt is actively involved in many facets of continuing education, participating in dental conferences, symposia, and fellowships. In 1986, he received his Fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry, which requires at least 500 hours of additional continuing education and the passage of a rigorous written exam. He has studied with some of the most respected dentists in the nation and the world. The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners requires 12 hours of continuing education every year to maintain licensure. Dr. Wyatt regularly averages at least 200 hours per year; 1600% more than he’s legally required to do. This affords him access to the latest technological advances in cosmetic, laser, and restorative dentistry.
Dr. Wyatt is a member of the following prestigious organizations:
- The Academy of General Dentistry
- The American Association of Cosmetic Dentistry
- The American Dental Implant Association
- The American Dental Institute
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (accreditation in progress)
He is very active in his local community as a featured speaker in the chamber of commerce and other organizations, plus Dr. Wyatt is also a published author on Dentaltown. Follow Dr. Wyatt on Twitter @DrWilliamWyatt