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How often do you need to get oral cancer screenings?

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The American Cancer Society recommends oral cancer screening exams every three years for people over age 20 and annually for those over age 40. During your next dental appointment, ask your dentist to do an oral exam. Early detection of oral cancer can improve the chance of successful treatment.

From: Oral Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: Detailed Guide: Oral Cavity and Oropharyngeal Cancer."

Mayo Clinic: "Mouth cancer."

Oral Cancer Foundation: "Oral Cancer Facts."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on January 23, 2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: Detailed Guide: Oral Cavity and Oropharyngeal Cancer."

Mayo Clinic: "Mouth cancer."

Oral Cancer Foundation: "Oral Cancer Facts."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on January 23, 2017

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