An oral cancer screening is provided at each comprehensive dental exam. This quick and painless screening includes both a visual and hands-on evaluation of the head, neck, chewing muscles, mouth and back of throat tissues and gland analysis. Depending on your health and other risk factors, your dentist may recommend an advanced oral cancer screening. This can detect signs of oral cancer that are not visible to the eye alone. As with all cancers, early detection is key. If you have never had an oral cancer screening before, there is no better time than now.
Oral cancer can occur on the lips, gums, tongue, inner cheeks, and the roof or floor of the mouth (under the tongue). Signs and symptom may include:
See your doctor immediately if any of the above symptoms persist and are bothersome for over two weeks. Your doctor will likely investigate other more common causes for your signs and symptoms first, such as an infection, as well as conducting an oral cancer screening.
There is no “at-home test” for oral cancer, so your best bet to lower your risk of being diagnosed is to make educated and healthy decisions. Though, no method is 100% guaranteed to keep you cancer-free, here are some ways to lower your risk:
Advantage Dental Group, P.C.; Gary W. Allen, DMD, P.C. Owner: Gary W. Allen, DMD
DentaQuest Oral Health Center of Massachusetts, P.C. Owner: James E. Thommes, DDS
Advantage Dental Oral Health and Vision Center of Alabama, P.C. Owners: John Clasen, OD; Cory B. White, DMD; James E. Thommes, DDS
Advantage Dental Oral Health Center of Florida, PA Owner: Neil Williams, DMD