The National Cancer Institute estimated 40,000 new cases of oral cancer in the United States in 2012. (1) A report published January 7, 2013 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute noted that the rate of HPV (Human papillomavirus)-related oropharyngeal cancers is rising.(2) Oral cancer forms in tissues of the oral cavity(the mouth) or the oropharynx( the part of the throat at the back of the mouth).
Oral cancer screening is part of the thorough examination provided during the recare visit at Blue Ribbon Dental. A screening is looking for any changes in the tissue of the mouth and pharynx. Changes in the tissue include red or white patch, lump or thickening, or a sore that does not heal or bleeds easily. Other signs of oral cancer could include pain, numbness, trouble chewing or swallowing, feeling of something caught in the throat, or trouble moving tongue or jaw.(3)