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How to Test for Oral Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, this year around 53,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer, and over 10,000 people will die from it. Though oral cancer is a concern for the world population as a whole, some people are more susceptible than others. Men are twice as likely to develop oral cancer as women, while other risk factors include drinking excessively, smoking or chewing tobacco, spending time under the sun, and exposure to the human papillomavirus (HPV).

Fortunately, oral cancer is generally treatable when identified at an early stage. Here, we go over how you can test for oral cancer with an oral cancer self-exam or a screening, and the steps to take if you exhibit any symptoms.

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What is the Difference between a Dentist and an Oral Surgeon?

If you’re confused about the difference between a dentist and an oral surgeon, you’re not alone. There are a wide variety of options when it comes to dental providers, and it can be a challenge to figure out which professional is capable of catering to your needs. While dentists and oral surgeons may seem similar, the two have very different levels of education, training, and expertise, each plays its own role with regard to oral health. Here, we discuss an oral surgeon vs. dentist so that you can make an informed decision about your oral health.

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Head & Neck Cancer Symptoms
Signs and Symptoms of Oral, Head & Neck Cancer

Head and Neck Cancers, not to be confused with brain cancers, account for roughly 4-5% of all cancers in the United States each year. Some the Head and Neck cancer regions can include but not limited to:

  • Oral Cavity and Tongue
  • Jaw
  • Tonsils and Throat
  • Larynx (voice box)
  • Face, Neck, and Scalp Skin
  • Thyroid Gland
  • Salivary Glands including Parotid Gland
  • Sinus and Nasal Structures
  • Other Face and Neck Anatomies

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