Oral Cancer ScreeningDentist in Tacoma, WA In the United States alone, one adult dies every hour from oral cancers. When oral cancers are identified in early stages, treatment can begin more quickly. In early stages, treatment has a higher rate of success and is less invasive. In more advanced stages, oral cancers are more likely to have spread to other areas and need complex treatment.Dr. Barrett recommends having an oral cancer screening at least once each year. Regular screenings can help ensure early detection of any potential cancers.During your oral cancer screening, Dr. Barrett will check for any abnormalities. We will closely examine your mouth, throat, lips, gums, and tongue. Let us know about any potential symptoms you have experienced, including:Pain or difficulty with speaking, swallowing, or moving your jaw or tongueA sensation that something is caught in the back of your throatSore throat with no other sinus symptomsLumps or swellings in or around your mouthDrastic weight lossWhite or red patches in your mouthMouth sores that do not healUnexplained ear painUnexplained bleeding in your mouthIf you have experienced any of these symptoms for more than a week without improvement, call us immediately for an appointment.Anyone may develop oral cancer, but there are certain factors that can increase your risks. Some of the most common include:Being male (men are more likely to develop oral cancer than women)Use of tobacco in any form (6 times more likely)Genetic predisposition for oral cancersExcessive or prolonged exposure to sunUnhealthy dietExcessive consumption of alcoholic beveragesHaving gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD)Human papilloma virusFor more information on oral cancer screenings or to schedule an appointment, contact Barrett Family Dental.