Why Do I Need an Oral Cancer Screening?

Part of every dental checkup includes an oral cancer screening.  During this exam, our dentist will inspect your soft tissues for suspicious lesions and pathology.  Some of the areas we look at include the lips and tongue, along with the roof and floor of the mouth and your throat.

If you’ve noticed areas of concern – such as sores that don’t heal or spots that appear atypical – and would like to have an oral cancer screening, talk with our dentist about it.  If we see something suspicious, we may perform a biopsy and send it to lab to be examined further.

Early Screening Saves Lives

An oral cancer screening is not a fool proof method for finding cancer, but it could save your life by diagnosing cancer in its earliest forms.

Also, some lesions appear to be suspicious, but after being biopsied and tested, show non-cancerous results.  It’s best to have peace of mind knowing that the spot in your mouth is nothing to worry about. Early detection is key to minimally invasive treatment and long term survival. So regular checkups are recommended at least twice per year.  As with most cancers, if caught early, it can be removed quickly and effectively, not interfering with your quality of life.

Oral Cancer Risks

 Tobacco and alcohol use highly increase your chances of developing oral cancer.  If you are a tobacco user or consume heavy amounts of alcohol and have never been to the dentist for an oral cancer screening, then give us a call.  Other risk factors include sun exposure and certain viruses.

If you notice a sore in your mouth that is red, white, or black, lasting more than a few weeks, they should be checked. Lumps and rough spots should also be examined.

Please don’t hesitate to call us at Studfield Dental Group of Wantrina South.  Your life could depend on it.

We are open on Saturdays for normal operation and Sundays for dental emergencies for your convenience  , so don’t wait any longer.  Call today.