Risk Factors for Oral Cancer
- Long-term tobacco use
- Advanced age
- Moderate to heavy alcohol abuse
Importance of Oral Cancer Screenings
The survival rate for oral cancer can skyrocket to 80% or higher when it is detected early. Oral cancer screenings are quick and painless. They are now an integral part of a routine dental exam. Those biannual visits are important for more than just getting your teeth cleaned.
The process of conducting an oral cancer screening is simple and straightforward. It begins with a visual assessment of the inside and outside of your mouth. The dentist will be looking for any abnormalities or changes in your mouth. They will also check your tongue, lips, and gums for any similar abnormalities or changes. The dentist will also use their fingers to check for any lumps that may be of concern.
If your dentist identifies something out of the ordinary that could indicate oral cancer, they will recommend a specialist that can conduct a biopsy for further analysis and recommend necessary treatments.