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The truth about oral cancers

girl in a leather jacket and sunglasses smoking a cigaretteOral cancer is a deadly disease that can cause serious health complications if left untreated. The truth is, most people have probably never heard of oral cancer before, or at least don’t know how dangerous it actually is. Fortunately for us, though, this is a preventable disease, and it can be caught early with the help of your dentist! Drs. Nancy Gill, Dallas Kenson, and Evelyn Qi of Golden, Colorado, can provide regular screenings to help patients learn more about this type of cancer and catch it in the early stages.

What types of oral cancer can develop?

Oral cancer occurs in many forms and in various parts of the mouth and throat. Some are easier to detect than others, but all require proper care from a dentist or doctor to prevent further problems later on. Here are some of the more common types of oral cancer:

  • Carcinoma: This is the most common form of oral cancer, and it tends to develop on the lips, tongue, or inside the cheeks. Carcinoma can be difficult to detect in its early stages, but it’s important to see a dentist regularly so that they can keep an eye out for any changes in your mouth.
  • Squamous cell carcinoma: This type of oral cancer usually develops on the surface of the tongue or inside the cheeks. It’s often mistaken for a canker sore or a different kind of mouth ulcer, so you must see a dentist if you notice anything abnormal in your mouth.
  • Melanoma: Melanoma is a less common form of oral cancer, but it’s still important to be aware of it. This type of cancer usually develops on the lips and can be mistaken for a mole or freckle. If you notice anything unusual on your lips, make sure to see a dentist immediately so they can properly diagnose it.

Screen for oral cancer regularly with the team at Golden Dental Solutions

Oral cancer is a severe and serious disease that should not be taken lightly. If you think that you may have any type of oral cancer, please see a dentist or doctor immediately so they can properly diagnose and treat the problem. Early detection is key to beating this disease! Call Golden Dental Solutions of Golden, CO, at 303-277-9600 to request an appointment.

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