Oral Cancer Screening

The importance of early detection

Regular screening is performed by our hygienists. We look for any apparent changes in your mouth. This screening can help find abnormalities associated with cancer. When abnormal tissue or cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat. By the time symptoms become apparent to you, cancer may have already begun to spread.

Oral cancer is the 6th most common
malignancy reported cancer in the world.

Early oral cancer is often painless and not easily recognized by the client.

Regular dental cleanings, including an examination of the entire mouth are essential in the early detection of pre-cancerous and cancerous conditions. One of our hygienists will carefully examine the inside of your mouth, tongue, palette, uvula and neck.

Risk factors are tobacco use in any form. Alcohol use combined with tobacco use greatly increases this risk. Prolonged exposure to the sun increases the risk of lip cancer. Oral cancer can also occur in people who do not smoke and have no other known risk factors.

Lesions may be very small, making them hard to detect. Although small, they can be dangerous. An atypical lesion can be flat, painless, white or red or a small sore. Although most of these are harmless, some are not.

Early detection is extremely important and may indicate the client is in need of further diagnostic procedures performed by a specialist.

For more information, click on the following links:
Identifi
Early Detection
About Oral Cancer
Signs and Symptoms

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