Recent studies have suggested that women with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing oral cancer. Some studies go as far as to suggest that women with diabetes are at a significantly higher risk of developing oral cancer than men with diabetes.
Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Oral cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer because it is usually diagnosed during the advanced stages. Taking preventive measures allows for early detection, which may improve your odds of surviving oral cancer.
We encourage all patients to visit Proud Smiles for routine dental exams and screenings at least twice a year. For patients with diabetes, Dr. Brenda Paulen may recommend that you visit our office more regularly. Patients with diabetes are more susceptible to certain types of oral health issues. Dr. Paulen will work with each patient to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses all of their needs.
Oral Cancer Screening in Atlanta, GA
Regular oral cancer screenings are necessary for every patient. However, they are especially important for patients with a high risk of developing oral cancer.
What are the risk factors for oral cancer?
Gender, age, genetics, tobacco use, alcohol consumption, HPV, and those with a compromised immune system. Dr. Paulen can work with you to determine if you can lower your risk of developing oral cancer through certain lifestyle changes.
Common Symptoms of Oral Cancer
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing
- A lump on the mouth or throat
- Persistent mouth sores
- Fiduclty moving the tongue or jaw
- Shifting teeth
- Numbness in the mouth
- Red or white patches in the oral cavity
- Persistent bad breath
If any of these symptoms last for more than a week, please be sure to schedule an appointment with a medical or dental professional. Dr. Paulen can work with you to coordinate any care or advanced testing you may need. Early detection can help you make the most out of your treatment. To learn more about your options, call 404.418.7734 or request an appointment online.