Oral Cancer Screening

In this country, one adult dies every hour from oral cancers. When oral cancers are identified in early stages, treatment can begin more quickly, have a higher rate of success and be less invasive. In more advanced stages, oral cancers are more likely to have spread to other areas and need complex treatment.

We recommend having an oral cancer screening at least once each year. Regular screenings can help ensure early detection of any potential cancers. Your oral cancer screening, usually performed during periodic exams, will allow our Team to check for any abnormalities. We will closely examine your mouth, throat, lips, gums, and tongue. Let us know about any potential symptoms you have experienced, including:

  • Pain or difficulty with speaking, swallowing, or moving your jaw or tongue
  • A sensation that something is caught in the back of your throat
  • Lumps or swellings in or around your mouth
  • White or red patches in your mouth
  • Mouth sores that do not heal
  • Unexplained bleeding in your mouth
  • If you have experienced any of these symptoms for more than two weeks without improvement, call us immediately to make an appointment.

Anyone may develop oral cancer, but there are certain factors that can increase your risks. Some of the most common include:

  • Use of tobacco in any form (6X more likely)
  • Excessive or prolonged exposure to sunshine
  • Excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages
  • Untreated sharp or rough areas of your teeth
  • Genetic predisposition for cancers
  • Acid reflux disease