Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral Cancer Screenings

There are many ways to screen patients for cancer. While some preventive measures like breast cancer screenings and skin cancer screenings seem to get more attention, oral cancer screenings can actually save thousands of lives a year. Oral cancer makes up a small percentage of cancer types, and is unfortunately only discovered in its late stages where the chance of survival dips to a 6 out of 10 chance. Early detection via an oral cancer screening increases the odds of survival.

Risk Factors for Oral Cancer

  • Genetics
  • HPV
  • 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.

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