Though you may hear more about other types of cancers such as breast, lung and prostate cancer, oral cancer is one of the deadliest cancers that exists. This is primarily because it is typically diagnosed in a later stage. With oral cancer, early detection is key to protecting yourself.
Dr. Milan specializes in oral cancer screenings in metro Detroit. Read on for more information on the symptoms of oral cancer and ways you can protect yourself.
Oral cancer 101
Though unfortunate, many times, oral cancer diagnosis is missed simply because of a lack of preventive care at your dentist. Oral cancer can affect all areas of the mouth, including the lips, gums, teeth, tongue, roof of the mouth and inside of the cheeks. It can even spread to parts of the throat.
Over 50,000 people were diagnosed with oral cancer this past year, and that number is expected to rise.
The best measure to protect yourself from oral cancer is to see your dentist every six months for an exam. Dr. Milan performs oral cancer screenings at the time of your dental exam, when he takes a close look at all the tissues in the oral cavity for any suspicious lumps. He also examines the head and neck area for any abnormalities. Finding lesions early is key and Dr. Milan takes this very seriously. If any abnormalities are, in fact, found, they are sent to a specialist for immediate evaluation.
It is important to let Dr. Milan know of anything out of the ordinary happening in your mouth, head and neck area, such as pain, discoloration or growths of any kind. Further, you can protect yourself from oral cancer by practicing good oral care at home — brushing twice a day and flossing daily. Additionally, you should understand that using tobacco products increases the risk of oral cancer, along with exposure to the human papilloma virus. Excessive alcohol use and sun exposure may also play a factor in oral cancer.
A dentist here for you
Dr. Mitchell Milan is proud to be a trusted staple in the dental industry in Michigan. His cosmetic dentist office is located on Old Woodward in Birmingham and he has been practicing dentistry with a focus on cosmetic dentistry for two decades. As such, his name is synonymous with world-class service.
Patients trust Dr. Milan not only because of his elite education and years of experience and satisfied patients, but also because of his compassionate and caring nature. His top priority is always the comfort and safety of his patients, along with delivering them exceptional results. Specializing in preventative, advanced, restorative and cosmetic dentistry in Michigan, Dr. Milan is truly in a class all his own when it comes excellence in dentistry.
Is it time for your dental checkup? Contact Dr. Milan’s office today to schedule your appointment. He and his staff look forward to serving you.