Oral Cancer Screening
The Oral Cancer Foundation reports that approximately 54,000 Americans will receive a diagnosis of oral cancer in 2021. The good news is that, when caught early, oral cancer is highly treatable. At New Leaf Rohnert Park, we understand the importance of oral cancer screenings and how they can truly make a difference in your overall health. Performed during your routine dental exam, oral cancer screenings take a few minutes to complete but can make the world of difference.
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Why choose us for Rohnert Park oral cancer screening
At New Leaf Rohnert Park, we provide a wide range of dental and oral care services to address all your needs, including early oral cancer detection. A healthy smile requires a healthy mouth, and we understand that this doesn’t just mean your teeth.
Choosing a dentist that understands the importance of oral cancer screening is essential. At New Leaf Rohnert Park, we believe that cancer screenings should be a part of every exam and you can expect us to check for signs and symptoms of oral cancer at every routine visit. If we identify any early signs or symptoms, Dr. Eddie Kuo will work with you and your physicians to help create a treatment plan.
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Oral cancer risk factors
The benefits of routine screenings
Oral cancer doesn’t always come with warning signs you can detect or feel. In fact, most oral cancers do not have any symptoms until it is too late for early treatment. When oral cancer is found early, there is an 80 to 90% survival rate.
Unfortunately, when not detected early, oral cancer accounts for a high death rate of 43%. Regular oral cancer screenings allow us to monitor your oral health and detect changes that could point to oral cancer early and allow you to seek treatment immediately.
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How oral cancer screenings can save your life
Do you have a family history of oral cancer? Have you been a regular smoker throughout your life? Have you noticed new red or white spots in your mouth or have a sore that will not heal?
Unfortunately, these symptoms and your medical history can put you at a greater risk for oral cancer. Routine dental exams at New Leaf Rohnert Part include oral cancer screenings that can help detect oral cancer in the early stages, where it is treatable. Having these routine screenings can help save your life.
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What is an oral cancer screening?
Why is an oral cancer screening important?
How is an oral cancer screening performed?
During an oral cancer screening, your dentist will:
- Visually examine your face, neck, lips, and the inside of your mouth for any signs of cancer, such as sores, lumps, or discolored patches.
- Use gloved hands to feel the inside of your mouth, including your cheeks, gums, and under your tongue, for any unusual bumps or masses.
- Examine your throat and tonsils, as well as the roof and floor of your mouth.
In some cases, your dentist may use additional tools, such as a special light or dye, to help identify suspicious areas that may not be visible to the naked eye.
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What are the common symptoms of oral cancer?
It’s important to be aware of the common symptoms of oral cancer, as early detection can improve treatment outcomes. Some symptoms to watch for include:
- A sore or ulcer in the mouth that doesn’t heal within two weeks.
- Persistent pain or discomfort in the mouth or throat.
- A lump or thickening in the cheek, gums, or throat.
- Difficulty chewing, swallowing, or moving the tongue or jaw.
- Unexplained numbness or loss of sensation in the mouth or face.
- Persistent hoarseness or a change in your voice.
- A sudden change in the fit of your dentures.
If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s important to see your dentist or a healthcare professional as soon as possible for a thorough evaluation. While many of these symptoms can be caused by conditions other than oral cancer, it’s crucial to have them checked out to rule out cancer or receive a prompt diagnosis if needed.