Oral Cancer Screening Specialist
Oral Cancer Screening Q & A
What is oral cancer?
Oral cancer is an abnormal, excessive growth of cells inside the mouth, facial structures, and throat. Oral cancer usually begins as a sore or abnormal growth, and can affect the:
- Floor of the mouth, under the tongue
- Hard and soft palate
Those at highest risk for having oral cancer are men over 50 years old, smokers, chewing and smokeless tobacco users, and those with a family history of cancer. Excessive alcohol consumption and unprotected sun exposure can also predispose you to oral cancers.
Your dentist is an important tool for protecting you from this dangerous condition, as they see the inside of your mouth more than any other member of your health care team. By offering regular oral cancer screenings, they help with early detection and initiation of treatment when needed.
What are signs of oral cancer?
Signs of oral cancer may be difficult to detect in its earliest stages, however, there may be some indicators that you need screening as soon as possible. Make sure to get an oral cancer screening if you have:
- White or red sores around mouth or lips
- Sores that do not heal within 14 days
- Prolonged hoarseness or sore throat
- Lumps or growths inside your mouth
- Difficulty swallowing
- Difficulty moving tongue or jaw
- Numbness inside mouth
- Ear pain on one side
Early detection is your best tool for preventing the spread and long-term impacts of oral cancer. Your dental team at The Diablo Dental Group can help.
Why are regular oral cancer screenings important?
Oral cancer is often difficult to detect. It may not be found until it’s advanced, making it more difficult to treat. Oral cancer is potentially life-threatening, but in its early stages it’s painless and symptoms may not be obvious.
Regular dental screenings at The Diablo Dental Group include an oral cancer screening. With trained eyes, your oral cancer can be detected early and your treatment has a better chance of being effective.
Their team utilizes a specialized tool called the VELscope® to visualize oral cancers in the earliest stages. This valuable instrument utilizes light to see early cancer that would not otherwise be visible to the naked eye.
For an expert oral cancer screening, call or schedule an appointment online with The Diablo Dental Group today.