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Cases of oral cancer are often not caught until it is too late, meaning that too many people are dying from the disease, new research claims.
Findings published in the Journal of Prosthodontics draw attention to the fact that more could be done as part of a patient's regular dental care routine to improve the mortality rate.
The researchers suggest that dentists and prosthodontists should take advantage of some of the "painless" and "inexpensive" tests that are on the market that may improve detection of oral cancer.
"If prosthodontists and other dentists are more vigilant in performing oral cancer screening examinations on all of their patients, the quality of life and survivability from these cancers will be greatly improved," the researchers write.
According to the American Dental Association, regular dental checkups routinely include a full mouth examination to check for signs of oral cancer.
Symptoms include a red or white spot or sore that bleeds easily and does not heal in a reasonable amount of time. If you have any questions about oral cancer, see your dentist, who should be able to address your concerns.
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