An estimated 50,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year. While the majority of these cases occur in adults, it's not completely unheard of for children to be diagnosed as well. As with all cancers, early detection is crucial for successful treatment and long-term prognosis. At Sprout Dentistry, Dr. Justin and Dr. Sage take your child's oral health very seriously. That's why, at every checkup, they perform a simple, non-invasive oral cancer screening for kids in McKinney. Below, you'll learn more about these potentially life-saving screenings and find out what you can expect. And if you'd like to schedule a checkup and screening for your child, don't hesitate to give us a call!
Here are some of the most common signs and symptoms to keep an eye out for at home:
Sadly, although oral cancer in childhood is relatively rare, it does happen. And while many of the tumors found in children's mouths are non-harmful and benign, it's crucial that we make sure. Particularly since the survival rate is 85%-90% when oral cancer is found early. When it comes to serious diseases like this, every child deserves the advantage of early detection.
Oral cancer screenings are very simple and take just minutes. Here are the basic steps involved:
As pediatric dentists in McKinney with extensive pathology training, Dr. Justin and Dr. Sage are able to identify any areas of concern. If they find something, they may ask you to return in a week or two for another look or refer you to a specialist for further assessment. Keep in mind that this doesn't necessarily mean your child has cancer! It simply means that we’re being thorough and would like more information.
With regular checkups and oral cancer screenings for your child, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your child is healthy. And since screenings are so fast and easy, they're absolutely well worth it.