Oral Cancer Screening

  • Oral cancer screening is a routine part of a dental examination. Regular check-ups, including an examination of the entire mouth, are essential in the early detection of cancerous and pre-cancerous conditions. You may have a very small, but dangerous, oral spot or sore and not be aware of it.

Other signs include:

  • A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal.
  • A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area
  • Pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving the jaw or tongue.
  • Alcohol use combined with smoking greatly increases risk. Prolonged exposure to the sun increases the risk of lip cancer.
  • Oral cancers can occur in people who do not smoke and have no other known risk factors.
  • Oral Cancer is more likely to strike after age 40.
  • Studies suggest that a diet high in fruits and vegetables may prevent the development of potentially cancerous lesions.