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Oral Cancer Screening: Detecting Early Signs 

Oral cancer is a serious concern in Canada, where three individuals lose their lives to this condition every day. The good news is that early detection can significantly reduce this number, especially for those living with risk factors. Although tobacco use remains the primary cause of oral cancer, age and other factors also play a role.

Our Approach to Early Detection

 Through regular check-ups and our vigilant identification of mucosal abnormalities, we can closely monitor the potential risks of oral cancer, including utilizing specialized tests. These screenings are both swift and painless, and their importance cannot be overstated. Detecting oral cancer in its early stages is crucial, as it becomes most treatable at this point. The dedicated team at our Perth dental clinic is committed to delivering the highest quality care, ensuring you maintain a healthy and radiant smile for a lifetime.

Oral Cancer Screening: Risk Factors and Lifestyle Indicators

Risk Factors 

Patients fall into three distinct groups based on their risk factors:

Increased Risk: Individuals between the ages of 18 to 39 with no lifestyle risk factors.

High Risk: Individuals aged 40 and older with no lifestyle risk factors or individuals between the ages of 18 to 39 with lifestyle risk factors.

Highest Risk: Individuals aged 65 or older with lifestyle risk factors or those with a history of oral cancer.

      Lifestyle Indicators 

      Tobacco Usage: Regardless of the type or age of use, if you’ve used tobacco within the last 10 years, you fall into a risk category.

      Alcohol Consumption: Consuming at least one alcoholic drink per day places you in a higher risk category.

      Immunity Issues: Conditions such as HIV can increase your risk.

      Human Papilloma Virus (HPV 16/18): Being infected with certain strains of HPV, particularly 16 and 18, is considered a risk factor.

        Early detection of oral cancer can truly be a lifesaver. Our commitment to comprehensive oral cancer screenings aims to protect your health and ensure your smile remains vibrant for years to come.