This might come to you as a surprise but oral cancer is the sixth most common form of cancer worldwide. That makes oral cancer a serious disease. Over the years, it has claimed many lives. While the most outstanding risk factors for this disease are smoking, chewing tobacco and excessive consumption of alcohol, approximately 25% of people who contract oral cancer do not fall into any of the high-risk categories.
Okay, that’s the bad news. The good news is that oral cancer can be successfully treated if it’s detected in its earliest stages. That’s why we urge you to make an oral cancer screening part of your six-month check-ups. It is quick and painless, and it just might save your life.
Our doctors at The George R. Owino & Associates Dental Centre keenly look for telltale signs of altered tissues that have a higher chance of turning malignant. They will then keep them under regular reviews for any change in behaviour, which is why we take follow-up reviews very seriously. A small sample of abnormal growth or tissue may be taken and sent to the laboratory for testing and identification. Some lesions can be managed medically or can be surgically removed.