Oral Cancer Screening

Understand the signs for prevention and early detection

An estimated 49,750 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year*. While this may sound alarming, it is important to understand the importance of oral cancer screenings, your risk factors, and ways to prevent oral cancer for a healthy you. Oral cancer screenings are a vital part of your comprehensive dental exams, and should be taken seriously.

What to Expect

It is important to always attend your regular dental check-ups to help maintain a healthy smile and detect any signs of oral cancer. During your oral cancer screening, our dentists will check for irregular tissues or bumps on the mouth, neck, or head. If we notice anything concerning, we may recommend a biopsy for further examination.

Signs of Oral Cancer

Common signs of oral cancer may include:

  • Lumps or white/red patches in the mouth
  • Sores in the mouth that do not heal
  • Pain, sensitivity, or numbness near or in the mouth
  • Long-lasting hoarseness or changes in voice
  • Bad breath
  • Coughing or enlarged lymph nodes
  • Trouble Swallowing and/or chewing

Preventing Oral Cancer

There are many ways that you can reduce your risk for oral cancer. This includes attending your regular dental appointments, avoiding tobacco products and heavy alcohol intake, avoiding direct sunlight exposure, and wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen when outdoors.

Certain people may also be at a higher risk for oral cancer, including people age 40 and above, those who use tobacco products, heavily consume alcohol, or have viral infections, or those with a history of heavy sun exposure or those with a previous diagnosis or oral cancer. The more we know, the better chance we have or preventing and detecting an early diagnosis.

For more information regarding oral cancer screening in the Monroe, LA area, contact our office today.

*Source: https://oralcancerfoundation.org/facts/