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Oral cancer screenings in Allen, TX could save your life

While many other forms of cancer dominate the headlines, oral cancer is quietly claiming more and more lives every year. Sadly, many of those people would likely have been saved if their cancers had been detected sooner. That is why we believe that oral cancer screenings are among the most important services we offer at our Allen, TX dental office.

What you need to know about oral cancer

The numbers speak for themselves:

  • Approximately 100 people are diagnosed with oral cancer every day
  • Approximately two percent of all cancers diagnosed in females, and three percent in males, are found in the mouth
  • Someone dies of oral cancer every hour of every day, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation
  • The overall average five-year survival rate for oral cancer patients is 60 percent; when diagnosed and treated early (in stage one or stage two) that number jumps to 70-90 percent

Oral cancer symptoms and risk factors

Unfortunately, the signs of mouth cancer are quite subtle. You may notice a lump or growth, a white spot, a sore that doesn’t heal, bleeding, or pain. However, these conditions have many possible explanations, and in some cases, there are few if any noticeable symptoms. In reality, if you have oral cancer, you probably won’t realize it until the advanced stages – but your dentist or hygienist can recognize very early signs of oral cancer. That is why we include cancer screening with every checkup.

Although anyone can develop mouth cancer, your risk is higher if you:

  • Smoke or chew tobacco
  • Experience frequent sun exposure
  • Have potentially been exposed to HPV (this sexually transmitted disease is a leading cause of mouth, throat, and tongue cancer
  • Previously had oral cancer
  • Are immune compromised
  • Have a family history of cancers

Early detection saves lives – will yours be one of them?

If you are high risk, have a suspicious spot in your mouth, or if you haven’t had an oral cancer screening recently, please give us a call. Preventive dental care can protect your smile, and possibly also your life! Contact Allen Dental Studio at (469) 293-2007 to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Tiplea
Dr. Michael Tiplea is a dreamer who is focused on helping you shape, craft, and achieve your smile dreams! As a leading dentist in Allen, TX, Dr. Tiplea has a vast and successful track record in creating healthy and brilliant smiles for his patients. Hailing from Romania, Dr. Tiplea graduated from dental school in his native country in 2004. He then moved to the US to pursue his dreams! Having graduated from the University of Pacific’s Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in 2011, Dr. Tiplea continued his education at Hornbrook, Pankey, Dawson, and Spears. Having received certifications and accreditations including Invisalign certification, Oral Sedation Level, IV Sedation provided by a 3rd Party, Dr. Tiplea is currently pursuing his accreditation with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. At Allen Dental Studio, he strives to provide patients with a range of dental services under one roof. Whether it is sedation dentistry, general dentistry, restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry or orthodontics, Dr. Tiplea has a solution for you!