During your dental exam with Dr. Goldberg, he will perform an oral cancer screening using the latest dental technologies and procedures.
Most patients are unaware that early detection is their best defense and Dr. Goldberg has the necessary tools and expertise to spot the early warning signs that are often mistaken for other conditions.
Dr. Goldberg will also instruct you on how to watch for early warning signs at home, ensuring that you are also aware of early signs or potential red flags that can alert you of oral cancer.
This includes inspecting the inside of your mouth periodically to look for red or white patches, abnormal lumps, or sores that bleed easily can greatly reduce your risk of progressing into later stages of the disease.
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, almost 50,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer every year. If left untreated, oral oropharyngeal cancer can lead to death and it is estimated that almost 10,000 people die annually due to this disease.
The largest number of cases occur in people age 40 and over and the death rate is highly influenced by the late diagnosis, once the cancer has spread to other organs due to metastasis.
That said, smoking is a leading cause of oral cancer, so if you are a smoker, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Goldberg to do an oral cancer screening as soon as you can.