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At South Coast Family Dentistry, we take preventive dental care very seriously. The best way to treat any dental problem is to prevent it in the first place. Oral cancer is the deadliest oral health issue today. And while getting screened for it does not prevent it, early detection makes treatment much more successful.

Oral cancer is the most common of head and neck cancers, accounting for some 85% of cases. It is also quite dangerous, having less than a 60% survival rate over 5 years. Given this information, you can see why getting screened is so important to do. But many people don’t, and as a result oral cancer routinely goes undetected throughout its development.

Oral cancer can go grow for some time without showing any outward signs of its presence. When symptoms do appear, they are often minor and easily-overlooked. Because of this, people often do not realize that something is wrong until the cancer has spread to another part of the body, such as the lymph nodes. But by this point, prognosis is much worse.

Getting screened for oral cancer could literally save your life. At South Coast Family Dentistry, we offer oral cancer screenings during our extended weekday and weekend hours. To learn more about maintaining great oral health or schedule a free cleaning, please call our Coos Bay, OR, office today.