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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What are oral cancer screenings & Risks
Oral cancer screenings begin with a visual examination of the mouth. Your dentist will look for signs of asymmetry, swelling, bumps, irregular patches of color, or other abnormalities within your mouth. They will also examine your face, neck, lips, jaw and cheeks. In addition to a visual exam, you can expect them to touch your face, mouth and neck in order to feel for lumps or masses. If something looks suspicious, they may use an oral biopsy brush to remove cells for testing.
While oral cancer can happen to anyone, there are certain factors that can increase your risk. These can include:
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.
Your oral and overall health is our priority at New Leaf Rohnert Park.
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.