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Oral Cancer Screenings

There will be more than 43,000 cases of oral cancer diagnosed this year. That statistic is according to the oral cancer foundation.

Most of us are quick to blame smoking or chewing tobacco, which can be a cause. But so can HPV, a sexually transmitted disease that is on the rise. Dr. Joe Cordero says there are still other factors that can trigger cancer of the mouth, tongue, tonsils or throat…even excessive use of mouthwash.  

"We don't think about chronic use of alcohol based mouthwash, i have a 17 year-old with a tongue lesion from chronic use of the mouthwash, 80 something year-old ladies, with poorly fitted dentures that lead to chronic inflammation and can develop a cancer, so we have sometimes people who never smoke or drink, they develop a little lesion from chronic dental inflammation and infection that can also form into cancer."      

Dr. Cordero also tells us to watch for these warning signs: a sore in the mouth that doesn't heal, white or red lumps or patches that don't go away, a continued sore throat, a feeling that something is caught in the throat, persistent changes in the voice, or a lump in the neck.

If any of these sound familiar, there is a free oral cancer screening this Saturday at the South Plains Mall, outside of the men's Dillard's. It will be from 10: 00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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