Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer has not been historically viewed as a threat by the general population. In recent years, research shows that the number of cases of Oral cancer has grown. Oral cancer is much easier to be detected. Visual and tactile screening is needed to detect any suspicious lesion. The visual and tactile screening takes only 3-5 minutes.
Lincoln Dental Center provides oral cancer screening to all individuals during the complete oral examination. You can also schedule an appointment specifically for Oral Cancer Screening. Our team of dentists and dental hygienists are trained to provide oral cancer screening services.
Oral Cancer facts
- Over 3000 Canadian’s will be diagnosed with Oral Cancer in 2019.
- Every year, over 1000 individuals die because of oral cancer in Canada.
- Historically, cancer has been seen as the disease of older individuals; but more and more cases have been diagnosed even in the younger population.
- In recent years, Human Papilloma virus has emerged as an important causative virus for oral cancer.
- Over 80% of all oral cancers can be easily detected by dentists. A regular oral examination is an important process in the accidental detection of suspected lesions.
Risk factors of Oral Cancer
- Tobacco (smoking or chewing).
- Betel nut chewing.
- Heavy alcohol consumption.
- Human Papilloma Virus.
- Prolonged exposure to the sun.
Cheeks, lips, tongue, palate, throat are the soft tissues that must be screened for cancer. It is recommended to get oral cancer screening done at least once every year.
Signs and symptoms of cancer
- White patches, red patches, and abnormal looking areas.
- Lumps or bumps.
- Ulcers that may not heal.
- Bleeding from lesions or ulcers.
- Difficulty swallowing.
Oral cancer can be treated effectively if diagnosed early. Mortality and morbidity related to oral cancer can be reduced markedly if it is detected early.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How can the risk of oral cancer be reduced?
- Stop tobacco consumption.
- Reduce the consumption of alcohol.
- Eat more vegetables and fruits.
- Use sunscreen while in sun.
- Periodic dental exam.
- Self-examination of oral tissues.
Q: How can an individual perform a self-examination for oral cancer?
- Stand in front of the mirror and
- Check your lips, cheeks, tongue, palate, the floor of the mouth for any red, white, blue, black patches or growth.
- Check all tissue for ulcers.
- Check all tissues for lesions that are not healing
- Check with your dentist for evaluation if you suspect any of the above problems.
Q: Is Oral cancer screening painful?
- Screening is completely pain-free.
- It takes about 3-5 minutes.