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Oral Cancer Screening & Symptons - Frequently Asked Questions

More Than 30,000 People Are Diagnosed With Oral Cancer Each Year

If discovered in its early stages, oral cancer is 90 percent curable!

  • More than 30,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer each year.
  • Eight thousand Americans die annually from oral cancer, making it more deadly than cervical, brain, or skin cancer.
  • More than 50 percent of patients diagnosed with oral cancer will die within 5 years.
  • Ninety percent of oral cancer patients are age 40 or older. Age is the primary risk factor.
  • Patients younger than 40 years of age are considered high risk if they have contracted human papillomavirus (HPV).
  • Users of any smoking or chewing tobacco, currently or within the past ten years.
  • Users of one or more alcoholic drinks daily, including one beer, one glass of wine, or one drink of spirits.
  • Patients with any combination of these risk factors and patients with a family history of oral cancer are considered at highest risk.
  • Alarmingly, 27 percent of oral cancer victims have no lifestyle risk factors.

Oral Cancer Symptoms - Robert Gerber DDS Beverly Grove, Los Angeles

  • Persistent mouth sores
  • Persistent mouth pain
  • Lumps or thickening of the cheeks
  • White or red patches on the gums, tongue tonsil , or ling of the mouth
  • A sore throat or feeling that something is caught in the throat that does not go away
  • Difficulty swallowing or chewing
  • Difficulty moving the jaw or tongue
  • Persistent numbness of the tongue or areas of the mouth
  • Voice changes
  • Lump in the neck
  • Loosening or pain in the teeth or jaws

For more information or to schedule an appointment for your early detection of abnormalities & oral cancer screening test, call (310) 652-0450.