Avoid the development of oral cancer with an oral cancer screening

Oral cancer is actually one of the most common causes of cancer death for those who live in the United States. Fortunately, with proper screenings done regularly, many patients can avoid this condition–or catch it in its earliest stages for the most successful outcome!

What is oral cancer?

Mouth, or oral cancer, can begin in any part of the mouth, including the throat, tongue, lips, and other areas. Cancer can develop and spread without being detected, just like other types of cancer. It’s important to have your smile assessed by a dentist to catch early signs of cancer. Dr. Blanca Fernandez from Highland Dental Clinic is a trusted professional who can help you with this.

What are signs that I may have oral cancer?

The most common symptoms associated with oral cancer include:

  • Pain in the throat or neck
  • Persistent sores in the mouth or throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Regular hoarseness
  • Changes in speech
  • Lumps or bumps that do not resolve on their own

What conditions or habits may contribute to my risk of developing oral cancer?

Some of the more common contributors to oral cancer include:

  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • The HPV virus
  • Genetic predisposition

What can be done about oral cancer?

Dr. Fernandez highly recommends that all of her patients who visit her have regular oral cancer screenings. These annual screenings are often performed during routine dental examinations and cleanings. It is recommended that screening is performed at least yearly, though our team at Highland Dental Clinic performs them at each appointment to increase the chances of early detection!

What areas are evaluated during a screening?

Our dental team will look at areas such as the mouth, throat, and neck to determine if there are any signs of potential oral cancer that may be present. This includes both the intraoral and extraoral tissues, looking for abnormalities such as sores, patches, swelling, or lumps.

Request an oral cancer screening today!

Do you live in the South Lakeland, FL, area and seek a comprehensive dental team to provide oral cancer screenings and evaluations? If so, connect with Dr. Blanca Fernandez of Highland Dental Clinic. Her office is at 5163 US Highway 98 and is open to new and returning patients who call for an appointment at (863) 457-1954.

Blanca Fernandez, DMD
Blanca Fernandez, DMD

Dr. Blanca Fernandez is a skilled dentist in Lakeland, FL. She studied general dentistry at the Colombian Dental College and studied prosthodontics and received a Master of Science at the Dentistry Foundation of San Martin in Bogota, Colombia. She earned her Doctorate in Dental Medicine at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. With specialized training in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and oral surgery, Dr. Fernandez is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and member of the American Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, West Coast Dental Association, and Polk County Dental Association.