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Oral Cancer

About Oral Cancer

Oral cancer affects the mouth and the pharynx (the back of the throat). Oral cancer accounts for roughly two percent of all cancers diagnosed annually in the United States. Approximately 35,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer each year, and about 7,600 will die from the disease. On average, 60 percent of those with the disease will survive more than five years. Oral cancer most often occurs in people over 40 and affects more than twice as many men as women.

What are the risk factors?

  1. Tobacco and alcohol use – Most cases of oral cancer are linked to cigarette smoking, heavy alcohol use, or the use of both tobacco and alcohol altogether. Your risks of developing oral cancer significantly increase if you use both tobacco and alcohol
  2. HPV – Infection with the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (specifically the HPV 16 type) has been linked to a subset of oral cancers
  3. Age – Oral cancer most often occurs in people over the age of 40
  4. Sun exposure – Cancer of the lip can be caused by sun exposure.
  5. Diet – Diet low in fruits and vegetables may play a role in oral cancer development.

Possible Signs & Symptoms

See a dentist or physician if any of the following symptoms lasts for more than two weeks.

  • A sore, irritation, lump or thick patch in your mouth, lip, or throat
  • White or red patch in your mouth
  • Feeling like something is caught in your throat
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Challenges moving your jaw or tongue
  • Numbness in your tongue or other areas of your mouth
  • Swelling of your jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly or become uncomfortable
  • Pain in one ear without hearing loss

Early Detection

It is important to find oral cancer as early as possible when it can be treated more successfully. During your routine dental check-up, an oral examination by your dentist or dental hygienist can detect early signs of cancer. The exam is painless and takes only a few minutes. During the exam, your dentist or dental hygienist will check your face, neck, lips, and entire mouth for any signs of cancer.

Contact Campus Dentist today and schedule your next appointment. Our team will thoroughly examine your mouth and answer any questions that you may have about oral cancer.

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Dear Friends and Patients -
Chancellors Way Dental is Moving

We are excited to announce that Chancellors Way Dental will be relocating as of September 6th, 2021 (after Labour Day long weekend). We will be merging with our nearby practice of Campus Dentist, located at the University of Guelph in the Student Center on the first level. 

Our new address: Dentist on Campus, University Centre Level 1, University of Guelph, 50 Stone Rd E, Guelph, On N1G 2W1.

You, our valued patients, can be assured that we will continue to practice the same high standard of dentistry with the continuity and expertise of our caring, well-trained, and compassionate staff as you have become accustomed. Our office will continue to provide the best care possible and accept the same insurance plans. We realize that change can be difficult but we hope to make the transition as smooth as possible for you. Our staff will be there to help and we have included all the details regarding our new location, including address, phone number and office hours. It has been a pleasure working with you and we look forward to seeing you at our new location. 

Visits can be requested online,  you can get in touch with us at: guelph@campusdentist.com or call us at (519) 836-5801. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

Stay healthy, be safe, and don’t forget to brush and floss! We are always accepting new patients and we are so excited that you chose us!

 

Campus Dentist Team