What are Oral Cancer Screenings?
Oral cancer screenings take less than about five minutes in our office to complete. The screening checks for abnormal tissue and lesions in the mouth which can be tested for cancer. We offer screenings, as well as biopsies, to help in providing adequate, effective treatment. While some patients are more susceptible to developing oral cancer, a screening should be done on all adult patients.
Why are Oral Cancer Screenings needed?
Early treatment of cancer is most effective at eliminating the condition. If suspicious lesions or signs of cancer are found, a biopsy can help in determining the underlying cause of the change. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of oral cancer include:
- White or red lesions and patches in the mouth
- Persistent bad breath
- Swelling, pain and discomfort
- Sore throat
- Lumps or thickening of the inside of the cheeks
What makes you a good candidate for an Oral Cancer Screening?
Every adult should be having an oral screening done on a regular basis. While most health professionals argue on how often a screening should be done, it’s recommended that you have one done at least once a year to check for any signs or changes. Because the screening takes less than five minutes in our office, it can be done conveniently and quickly. If suspicious lesions or lumps are found, a biopsy can be done to determine the underlying cause.
What can you expect with an Oral Cancer Screening?
The oral cancer screening itself is quick and easy. Our doctor will look at all areas of the mouth and around the tongue. The screening itself should take no more than about five minutes to complete. If there are any suspicious areas within the mouth, we may recommend a biopsy to study the tissue under a microscope. We will immediately alert you of the findings, and can help provide treatment as needed. Screenings are part of your preventative care routine, and are crucial to maintaining a healthy smile.
If you would like to come into our office for an oral cancer screening, call us today and our friendly staff members can further assist you.