Importance of Oral Cancer Screenings

Though it was once thought to mainly affect older men with a history of tobacco use, oral cancer has begun to affect more and more Americans each year. With this, there’s a growing need for oral cancer screenings, as it’s best and most easily treated when it’s caught early. If not caught early, however, oral cancer can have devastating effects. While many risk factors lie within genetics, you can still do your part to reduce your risk for oral cancer, in addition to having a screening done every year.

Solana Beach dentist, Dr. Robert Rosenfeld provides nearby residents with oral cancer screenings as part of his general dentistry services. At our practice, we know how serious oral cancer is, and we’d like to share that information with our valued patients in an effort to help them avoid the disease. Take a moment to learn the importance of oral cancer screenings with Dr. Robert Rosenfeld! First, let’s take a look at some of the numbers behind this serious issue.

Oral Cancer: US Statistics

Though it may be difficult to hear, experts suggest that over 40,000 Americans will be diagnosed with a form of oral cancer is 2016 alone! What’s even more concerning, though, is the five-year survival rate of those diagnosed is just about 65%. While these numbers are certainly alarming, oral cancer can be detected quite early and effectively treated. However, in order for it to be detected, regular oral cancer screenings are absolutely necessary.

Of course, the earlier oral cancer is caught, the better. When cancer is caught in the first stage, or localized stage, the survival rate is nearly 85%. With this, the importance of oral cancer screenings should be quite clear. By having one done every year, you can ensure you’re free of oral cancer or help prevent the disease from progressing if you are indeed diagnosed. So, are you at risk for oral cancer?

Risk Factors and Symptoms of Oral Cancer

As mentioned previously, oral cancer was once thought to typically affect just older men with a long history of tobacco use, however, this is certainly no longer the case. In more recent years, doctors and dentists alike have reported more cases of oral cancer even within the younger population. Now, it’s advised that everyone between the ages of 25 and 50 have oral cancer screenings once a year, as part of their general dentistry checkups.

While you should have a screening completed every year, you should also be aware of the many risk factors and symptoms associated with this concerning disease. First, let’s take a look at the risk factors:

  • Age (patients 40 years and older are at a higher risk)
  • Smoking and other forms of tobacco use
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Poor diet
  • Gender (men are more prone than women)
  • Constant sun exposure

Symptoms:

  • Red and/or white patches within the mouth
  • Bleeding spots
  • Lumps inside the mouth
  • Pain when biting down

General Dentistry Solana Beach: Oral Cancer Screenings

Considering the statistics on oral cancer and the ease of screenings, there’s really no excuse to skip out on screenings. Included in general dentistry, oral cancer screenings are quick and easy, and you can have them done right here in Solana Beach with Dr. Rosenfeld.

If you’d like to schedule an appointment, you can contact our practice at 858.755.1189 or contact us here.

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Allan C.

"As good as it gets is correct!  Dr. Rosenfeld and his team are no-ka-oi!  He is a caring and kind professional with a bit o bend toward perfectionism.  The latter being a good thing when it comes to one's teeth.  At 58 he filled my first EVER cavity.  I was a bit nervous not having had that procedure ever before.  Dr. Rosenfeld took the time to make sure the area was numb to minimize my discomfort.  We agreed I probably needed a little more so he administered two more doses.  No discomfort whatsoever.  Toward the end of last year, I needed my first ever cap to repair a fissure in one of my molars.  This is where the perfectionism came into play - Dr. Rosenfeld made sure the cap exactly matched the color of my teeth. Dr. Rosenfeld is a marvelous practitioner!  I've recommended four friends to him and they all love him and his incredible team."

Allan C. 

5.0
2016-11-17T20:39:23+00:00
"As good as it gets is correct!  Dr. Rosenfeld and his team are no-ka-oi!  He is a caring and kind professional with a bit o bend toward perfectionism.  The latter being a good thing when it comes to one's teeth.  At 58 he filled my first EVER cavity.  I was a bit nervous not having had that procedure ever before.  Dr. Rosenfeld took the time to make sure the area was numb to minimize my discomfort.  We agreed I probably needed a little more so he administered two more doses.  No discomfort whatsoever.  Toward the end of last year, I needed my first ever cap to repair a fissure in one of my molars.  This is where the perfectionism came into play - Dr. Rosenfeld made sure the cap exactly matched the color of my teeth. Dr. Rosenfeld is a marvelous practitioner!  I've recommended four friends to him and they all love him and his incredible team." Allan C. 

Kristin B.

"Seriously the best dentist our family has ever had. Dr Rosenfeld is great (for me) for the regular cleanings) and wonderful for my husband who has very problematic teeth and gums. Dr. Rosenfeld figured out the best way to help my husband minimize future problems and keep his mouth healthy."


Kristin B.

5.0
2016-07-12T17:10:46+00:00
"Seriously the best dentist our family has ever had. Dr Rosenfeld is great (for me) for the regular cleanings) and wonderful for my husband who has very problematic teeth and gums. Dr. Rosenfeld figured out the best way to help my husband minimize future problems and keep his mouth healthy." Kristin B.

Barbara M.

"Dr. Rosenfeld is extremely knowledgeable and personable. He is very detail oriented and does an excellent job every time. Highly recommended. His staff is also excellent!"

Barbara M. 

5.0
2016-11-17T20:40:14+00:00
"Dr. Rosenfeld is extremely knowledgeable and personable. He is very detail oriented and does an excellent job every time. Highly recommended. His staff is also excellent!" Barbara M. 

Adena F.

"Dr. Rosenfeld is the best! I’ve been going to him for 10+ years now and he’s been nothing but caring and an excellent dentist to me. He really makes a point to make sure that you’re comfortable throughout the whole appointment. He even gave me lip balm during working on my cavity to make sure I was as comfortable as possible! When I come in, I feel nervous and dreadful but Dr. Rosenfeld somehow always has a way of leaving me with a smile when we are done. Not that i will hope for another cavity though, of course."


Adena F.

5.0
2016-07-12T17:00:05+00:00
"Dr. Rosenfeld is the best! I’ve been going to him for 10+ years now and he’s been nothing but caring and an excellent dentist to me. He really makes a point to make sure that you’re comfortable throughout the whole appointment. He even gave me lip balm during working on my cavity to make sure I was as comfortable as possible! When I come in, I feel nervous and dreadful but Dr. Rosenfeld somehow always has a way of leaving me with a smile when we are done. Not that i will hope for another cavity though, of course." Adena F.

Amber S.

"Dr. Rosenfeld is awesome does an awesome job and very friendly  I got a gold tooth and was perfect."

Amber S. 

5.0
2016-11-17T20:41:11+00:00
"Dr. Rosenfeld is awesome does an awesome job and very friendly  I got a gold tooth and was perfect." Amber S. 

Kevin B.

"Dr. Rosenfeld and his staff are absolutely AMAZING.  I have a fear of dentists and dentistry, but Dr. Rosenfeld and his outstanding team went the extra mile to make sure that I felt comfortable, reassured me that they would do anything and everything to take great care of me, and never made me feel anything but a very valued patient.  I never knew that an office would go so far to help me get through some challenging (at least for me) dental procedures.  Words cannot begin to express my gratitude for this office.  If only all businesses could provide the same level of customer service..  Oh, did I forget to mention that their work is top notch.  Worth every penny!"

Kevin B.

5.0
2016-11-17T20:36:13+00:00
"Dr. Rosenfeld and his staff are absolutely AMAZING.  I have a fear of dentists and dentistry, but Dr. Rosenfeld and his outstanding team went the extra mile to make sure that I felt comfortable, reassured me that they would do anything and everything to take great care of me, and never made me feel anything but a very valued patient.  I never knew that an office would go so far to help me get through some challenging (at least for me) dental procedures.  Words cannot begin to express my gratitude for this office.  If only all businesses could provide the same level of customer service..  Oh, did I forget to mention that their work is top notch.  Worth every penny!" Kevin B.
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