An oral cancer screening is performed by a dentist or doctor to detect mouth cancer or lesions in your mouth. Mouth cancer or lesions are easy to remove if it’s caught early, and you have a better chance of being cured.
Risk Factors for Oral Cancer
Men are more likely to develop oral and oropharyngeal cancer than women.
People older than 45 are more likely to develop oral cancer.
Using tobacco is the largest risk factor for head and neck cancer. 85 percent of head and neck cancer is associated with tobacco use.
People who consume alcohol frequently and drink heavily are more likely to develop head and neck cancer. Using alcohol and tobacco together increases this risk.
Poor Oral Hygiene
Poor oral hygiene or dental care increases the risk of oral cavity cancer. Oral cavity cancer can be detected early by getting frequent examinations.
If you don’t eat a lot of vegetables and fruit, you may want to start. A deficiency may increase the risk of oral and oropharyngeal cancer.
Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer
- A sore throat
Oral Cancer Screening: What to Expect
During your oral cancer screening, your dentist will look in your mouth for red or white areas or mouth sores. The tissues in your mouth will be examined to check for lumps or other abnormalities.
Additional tests may be needed during your oral cancer screening. Additional tests may include:
- Rinsing your mouth with a blue dye before the exam. Abnormal cells in your mouth will appear blue.
- Looking in your mouth with a light may be beneficial during your exam. The light will make healthy tissue appear dark, and abnormal tissue will appear white.
If the dentist discovers any sign of mouth cancer or precancerous lesions, you may be asked to visit the office again. If the abnormal area is still present, a biopsy will need to be done. Your dentist will check to see if the abnormal area has grown or changed since your last visit.
Eric Mehler and his office are located in Sunrise, Florida. If you haven’t had an oral cancer screening or you haven’t had one in a long time, it’s strongly recommended that you contact us to make an appointment.