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Oral cancer is a deadly disease that can strike any person at any age. In the United States alone, there are over 40,000 newly discovered cases every year. As oral cancer spreads, the likelihood of a successful recovery decreases, so it is important to diagnose and find the illness as soon as possible. If you think you have any symptoms of oral cancer, and even if you show no signs of illness at all, schedule a regular screening for the disease.

Typical symptoms of oral cancer are often visual. This can include irregular or abnormal markings on your head, neck, or face, including your mouth. Visual signs include bumps, crusty patches, discolored marks, swelling, lumps, and erosions. Unexplained and recurrent bleeding is also prominent with oral cancer, as are sores that fail to heal after at least two weeks.

Pain and discomfort may be present with oral cancer, including ear pain and earaches, persistent sore throats, various difficulties involving eating, chewing, and speaking, and numbness or loss of pain in the facial area. If you experience any of these symptoms, schedule an oral cancer screening as soon as possible.

If you are in need of an oral cancer screening from our team at Jerry L. Butler, D.D.S., M.A.G.D at our dentist office in Boone, North Carolina, please contact us at (828) 264-5858 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jerry Butler. The path to a healthy smile starts today!