In honor of Oral Cancer Awareness Month in April, we want to talk about what you can do to protect yourself against this disease. Thousands of people are diagnosed every year with cancers of the mouth, lips, tongue, cheeks, tonsils and throat. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial and are the most effective and least invasive options.

Our team at Family Dentistry of Frisco, led by our dentist, Dr. Paresh B. Patel, provides oral cancer screenings in Frisco, Texas when you come in for routine dental appointments. At your six-month dental cleaning and exam with our dentist, we thoroughly check for signs of cancer to catch it as early as possible. In between visits you can perform monthly self-exams at home.

Symptoms to Watch For

-Chronic sore throat or feeling that something is stuck at the back of the throat
-Unusual bleeding inside your mouth
-Sores in your mouth or on your face or neck that bleed with no explanation and last longer than two weeks
-Any loss of feeling or numbness in your face or neck, or pain
-Pain in the ear
-Problems speaking, chewing or swallowing normally
-Any unusual bumps, or patches (red, white, or both) in the mouth
-Loose or ill-fitting dentures

By checking your mouth and facial area monthly for any abnormal sores or lumps that don’t go away, you will be one step ahead if anything arises. We are always happy to answer your questions or concerns about oral cancer. To schedule your oral cancer screening with Dr. Patel, we welcome you to contact our office at (469) 362-3150 today.

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