Did you know over 42,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer each year in the United States? Of that number, unfortunately, over 50% will succumb to the disease within about five years. The high mortality rate of oral cancer is typically because the disease isn’t uncovered until the late stages. However, with regular oral cancer screenings, you can increase your chances of discovering oral cancer sooner and boosting your odds of recovery.

Oral Cancer Screening Quiz

1. True or False: You should have an oral cancer screening once every six months.

2. True or False: Symptoms of oral cancer include weight loss and sores within the mouth.

3. True or False: There are several factors that increase the risk of developing oral cancer.

4. True or False: Even people who don’t smoke or drink can develop oral cancer.

Answer Key

1. True. Just like you need a checkup twice a year, an oral cancer screening once every six months is vital for maintaining your overall health.

2. True. Patients may notice bumps, rough patches, red and white speckled areas, and unexplained bleeding. The sores are also persistent, lasting more than two weeks.

3. True. Family history, tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption, and overexposure to the sun can increase your risk of developing oral cancer.

4. True. Nearly a quarter of those diagnosed with oral cancer don’t smoke or drink, which is why everyone, regardless of risk factors, needs to undergo regular oral cancer screenings.

About Periodontics Associates

With years of hands-on experience and focused training in surgical and non-surgical approaches to periodontal care, Dr. M. Randal Comeaux and Dr. Bryan S. Pearson provide exceptional care that places patient comfort first. We are passionate about oral health, and we will take the time to get to know you and discuss your condition and treatment options in detail. Oral cancer screening is always done as a part of your periodontal exam. Contact our Lafayette, LA office at (337) 989-0267 or our Opelousas, LA satellite office at (800) 821-6503. We proudly serve patients throughout Acadiana.