6769 Lake Woodlands Dr Ste A, The Woodlands, TX 77382
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Oral Cancer Screening

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Why oral cancer screenings are important?

It has been reported by the American Cancer Society that nearly 40,000 cases of oral cancer are diagnosed every year, with over 7,500 cases resulting in death. However, the good news is that doctors such as Leah Zils and Shirley Cagle from The Woodlands, Texas, can easily detect and treat oral cancer in its early stages.

What is oral cancer?

Our team describes oral cancer as a type of cancer that usually occurs in the mouth or throat. It can develop in different areas such as the lips, tongue, gums, roof, or floor of the mouth and inside the cheeks. If left without treatment, it can spread to many other parts of the body and become life-threatening, which is why routine evaluations and screenings are critical to ensuring oral health and wellness over time.

Who is more at risk of developing mouth or oral cancer?

Several risk factors contribute to the development of oral cancer, including habits such as tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption, poor nutrition and hygiene habits, a weakened immune system, and exposure to certain HPV strains. However, it is also possible for individuals without any of these risk factors to develop oral cancer. This highlights the importance of regular dental evaluations, cleanings, and screenings for everyone.

How can I prevent oral cancer?

Our team at Leah Zils, DDS, can help you take steps to protect yourself and ensure early detection. We recommend avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption, maintaining a healthy diet, practicing good oral hygiene, and getting the HPV vaccine. It is also important to schedule regular dental check-ups and screenings to catch any abnormalities or changes in your oral health.

How do I schedule a screening to detect mouth cancer?

Oral cancer screenings are available at Leah Zils, DDS, and we are open to new patients. We invite you to take steps to achieve early detection of oral cancer by calling (281) 973-2276 and visiting our office at 6769 Lake Woodlands Drive, Suite A, in The Woodlands, TX. We look forward to meeting you and helping you screen for oral cancer!

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