January 27, 2020
In a word: Ab-so-lute-ly! Pretend those hyphens are the “clapping hands” emoji because we want to emphasize how important it is to get up close and personal with your mouth in the interests of oral cancer detection.
Currently, oral cancer kills one person in the United States per hour. The reason it’s so deadly is largely due to later stage diagnoses. While tobacco use of any kind and high alcohol consumption remain strong links to the disease, the biggest risk factor today is human papillomavirus (HPV).
I Screen, You Screen, We All Should Screen!
July 13, 2018
Cancer is always a scary word—but it doesn’t have to be the last word. Equipped with good information and the best doctors, you can feel empowered to navigate whatever stands before you or your loved one. Oral cancer is common, affecting approximately 50,000 Americans every year. If you have more questions about oral cancer, read more below from Dr. Thompson at Peter L. Thompson, DDS in Portales. (more…)
August 13, 2014
We know that our patients are smart and you all lather yourself and your loved ones in sunscreen anytime you go outside in the Portales sun. You wear your sunglasses, and maybe even a wide-brimmed hat. But do you protect your lips?
Your lips are very sensitive parts of your skin, and you can get skin cancer there just like any other exposed part of your body. At the office of Peter L. Thompson, DDS, we want to make sure everyone is taking proper care of their health and has all the knowledge they need to do so. As always, call us if you have any questions or concerns!
Why You Should Protect Your Lips
May 13, 2014
Dr. Thompson and all of us at the office of Peter L Thompson DDS would like to take this opportunity to talk about oral cancer, the lives that are lost to it, and what it could mean for you and your family. Oral cancer is one of the only cancers that is actually becoming more common, and we want our Portales patients to know what it is and how to protect themselves.
Oral cancer refers to mouth cancer, tongue cancer, throat cancer, tonsil cancer, and a number of others. This year alone, more than 5,000 people will lose the battle to some form of oral cancer. Dr. Thompson is teaming up with the entire healthcare community to beat this disease by teaching people everywhere about how to spot it and maintain low risk.
*This post is not intended to diagnose or treat oral cancer. Its purpose is simply to inform Portales residents. If you suspect that you or a loved one may have oral cancer, come see Dr. Thompson as soon as possible.*
Oral cancer is a group of diseases that can affect your body in a number of different ways. In order to list all the symptoms and warning signs of each different type, we would need an entire website! So, to keep it convenient, here is a list of the most common ways oral cancer can affect you:
- You experience white or red patches on your lips, gums, tongue, or inside your cheeks
- You develop sores on your face, neck or mouth that bleed and won’t heal
- Your face, mouth and/or neck are numb or lose feeling
- You notice lumps, bumps, or swelling on your lips, tongue, gums, or within your cheeks
- You have difficulty speaking, chewing, swallowing, or moving your jaw or tongue
- Your throat is sore or feels as though something is stuck in the back of it
- You experience a persistent sore throat, or a hoarse or different-sounding voice
- You have pain in your ears
- You are losing weight abnormally fast
- You notice your teeth or dentures have shifted
Are You at Risk of Developing Oral Cancer?
As with the symptoms, the common risk factors for oral cancer are numerous, but there is something very important to understand before you start matching up risk factors and begin to panic. Even if most or all of these apply to you, it does not mean that you are doomed to have oral cancer. On the other hand, it is possible to develop oral cancer even if you don’t have any of the risk factors. Dr. Thompson just wants you to know which conditions should have you seriously thinking about a consultation at the office of Peter L Thompson DDS. Here the most common risk factors associated with oral cancer:
- Tobacco use in all forms
- Excessive sun exposure
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Cancer throughout family history
- Exposure to human papillomavirus (HPV)
How is Oral Cancer Treated?
If you find that the symptoms and risk factors are familiar to you or a loved one, talk to Dr. Thompson as soon as you can. We at the office of Peter L Thompson DDS will give you a check-up and explore treatment options if cancer is detected. Most importantly, don’t delay! If you catch it early, the survival rate for oral cancer is much higher. Please don’t hesitate to contact the office of Peter L Thompson DDS with any questions or concerns. We care about your health and we want to keep your mouth safe!
April 27, 2013
April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and Peter L. Thompson DDS is working with health care providers around the country to educate people about the causes of this terrible disease and how everyone can lower their risk of contracting it. Approximately 35,000 people will be diagnosed with some form of oral cancer this year, and there are many kinds that can affect people.