For many people, it is hard to imagine children, teenagers, and even young adults developing cancer. However, it is more common than the public realizes. Cancer is often misunderstood and is a highly dangerous illness precisely because it can develop in anyone regardless of their age or background. However, some people are still more at risk than others.
If you are concerned and would like to check on the health of either yourself or your family, then visit us at LUV Pediatric Dentistry. We offer oral cancer screenings tailored to younger individuals and use the latest equipment to get fast, accurate results.
An oral cancer screening is a simple process and can take as little as ten minutes. During the procedure, our dentist performs a visual and tactile exam to detect sections of irregular tissue or cell growth. There are several symptoms to watch out for, including:
To facilitate the screening, we use a special light that illuminates irregular cells as a different color. We can then take a sample and perform a biopsy to determine if the cells are cancerous.
Cancer is a dangerous disease precisely because it can affect anyone, so it is important for everyone to get a screening. In fact, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that all individuals get at least once a year.
However, some people are more at risk than others. While children are unlikely to engage in risky behaviors, older teenagers and young adults are more likely to abuse substances and take fewer precautions when out in the world. You could be at an increased risk of developing oral cancer if you have any of the following traits: