Oral Cancer Screening
Early Detection of Oral Cancer
The goal of an oral cancer screening is to single out signs of cancer or precancerous conditions at an early stage, when there is more of a chance to cure it. Informing yourself of the risks of mouth cancer, as well as allowing your dentist to conduct a screening are the most effective means of early detection of this disease. This does not mean that the risk is reduced, it means the risk or presence is detected earlier, and may result in better treatment outcomes.
At Rock Family Dental, the screenings our dentists provide can take less than two minutes and may include: an examination of the face and neck for swellings, skin abnormalities, moles and asymmetry, an inspection for any changes in the color or texture on the borders of the lips and mouth, an evaluation of the lymph nodes in the neck to check for enlargement or abnormality, as well as an intra-oral exam of the gums, lips, tongue and cheeks.
Remember, early treatment is key to successfully overcoming oral cancer – and our dentists can give you a screening as part of your routine dental health check-up.
Get more information on the ADA’s Top 7 Risk Factors for Oral Cancer.
Learn more about what you can do at home to screen yourself for mouth cancer at checkyourmouth.org.