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What Age is Best to Begin Oral Cancer Screenings?


Posted on 11/30/2018 by Vladana Babcic Tal DMD
What Age is Best to Begin Oral Cancer Screenings?The older a person gets, the more health risks they face. Health professionals suggest that people get tested for different conditions starting at specific ages.

Breast cancer screening should start at age 35. Prostate screening should begin at age 50. It should not surprise people to find out there is an age to begin oral cancer screening. The question to ask is what the age is and why.

When to Start
The most basic answer to when to star oral cancer screening is in your twenties, although some professionals suggest starting at the age of 18 with annual screenings. The annual screening is often part of the regular checkups that are part of good oral hygiene habits.

While most people can start their oral cancer screenings when they are in their twenties, there are other factors to consider when deciding what age to start. Some people have a higher risk for oral cancer.

•  Prior history - anyone that has a prior history of oral cancer and other types of cancer should start screening earlier.
•  Family history - People that have a family history of cancer may want to start screening for oral cancer in their teenage years.
•  Tobacco and Alcohol Use - People that use any form of tobacco and that exhibit heavy alcohol use are at a higher risk and need to undergo regular oral cancer screening.

What Does Screening Mean

Oral cancer screening can come in different forms. Most people think it involves coming to our offices and having our dental professionals look for signs that signal possible oral cancer. These screenings do not always detect the oral cancer, but they can signal a need for further testing.

It is also possible for people to look for signs of oral cancer in a self-exam. If you notice any of the signs, you can take the next step and schedule an appointment for further testing.

If you are worried about oral cancer or have any other oral health question, contact our office to schedule an appointment.
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