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Cancer is something we all wish to avoid. Unfortunately, it can sneak its way into many of our lives. Luckily oral cancer can be caught and treated early.

Oral cancer screenings are available to you during your dental checkup with our dentist, Dr. Mahesh Solanki with Whitman Dental Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. To help you understand the importance of screening for oral cancer, our dental office has provided you with this information. Did you know, it has been assessed that over 42,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or throat cancers this year? Additionally, the five-year survival rate is estimated at 64 percent. That is why the earlier you can catch cancer, the better your chances are for treating and defeating it, so make it a top priority to get checked regularly. Fortunately, an oral cancer screening does come as part of your six-month dental checkup.

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

-Sensitivity in your gums and throat: If you are experiencing any pain and tenderness in your mouth or numbness, be sure to get checked out immediately.
-Throat pain: If your throat feels like something is caught in it or experience pain when breathing or swallowing, it could be a tumor hiding in your throat.
-Lack of movement: If you have a hard time drinking, chewing, speaking, moving your jaw or tongue around, come in right away for a checkup.
-Inflammation: If you see any swelling in your mouth or gums, along with any lumps or bumps, this could be a sign of cancer.
-Patches in your mouth or throat: If you see white, red, or speckled patches in your mouth, this could be a warning sign something is wrong.

If you are experiencing any of these conditions above, be sure to call us for an oral cancer screening right away.

To help you with your oral health, our team is here to assist you. If you would like to make an appointment, our dental team is happy to take your call at 215-501-7156. We are here to help you and your smile stay healthy.