Oral Cancer Screening
An oral cancer screening is performed to detect any warning signs of oral cancer so that timely treatment can be administered before the disease progresses to an advanced stage. Oral cancer is one of the most serious oral health problems, and an early detection of this condition can save lives. The chances of survival from oral cancer are significantly higher if it is diagnosed before it progresses to an advanced stage.
Some symptoms that may indicate oral cancer are:
- Lumps, swelling rough spots on the gums, lips, or other areas inside the mouth
- Unexplained bleeding in the mouth
- Development of velvety white, red, or speckled patches in the mouth
- Unexplained numbness, tenderness or pain in any area of the face, neck or mouth
- Persistent sores on the mouth, neck or face that bleed easily and do not heal for a long time
- Soreness or feeling that something is caught in the back of the throat
- Swelling of the jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly or become uncomfortable
- Difficulty speaking, chewing or swallowing, or moving the tongue or jaw
- Chronic sore throat, or change in voice
- Pain in one ear without hearing loss
- Sudden weight loss
Our practice performs oral cancer screenings for all patients as a part of their regular dental checkup. When looking for the signs and symptoms of oral cancer, we will perform a physical and visual screening wherein we look for sores or red patches in your mouth or if there is any discoloration in your teeth. We will also be checking if there are lumps inside your mouth or if there are abnormalities in your soft tissues. If anything suspicious is found, we will collect a sample of your oral tissue and send it to a laboratory for further analysis. If the results of the biopsy are positive or atypical, treatment is administered immediately.
Call our office at (954) 526-1927 to know more about the treatment and prevention of oral cancer.