Oral Cancer Screening

Considering an oral cancer screening in Rohnert Park for peace of mind and early detection?

We emphasize the significance of proactive health measures. Oral cancer screenings are quick, non-invasive, and can be a lifesaver, identifying potential concerns before they escalate.

Want to take a proactive step for your oral health? Click the button below or connect with New Leaf Rohnert Park. Your well-being is our top priority, and together, we can ensure a healthier future for your smile!

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. 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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Looking for oral cancer screening in Rohnert Park?

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Oral cancer risk factors

While oral cancer can happen to anyone, there are certain factors that can increase your risk. These can include:
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Tobacco use
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Over the age of 55
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Gender (oral cancer is twice as common in men than women)
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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.

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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.

We promote good oral and general health

Our goal at New Leaf Rohnert Park is to make sure you put your best smile forward and enjoy good oral health. This includes preventative care and early detection of oral concerns. With our routine dental exams, you can be sure we are putting your smile and your health first.
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Our Guarantee to Excellence

With our superior technology and highly trained dental staff, you can expect high quality care in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. At New Leaf Rohnert Park, your oral health is our top priority, and we work with you to create an individualized treatment plan and schedule that works with you, including regular routine oral exams and cancer screenings.
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Contact Us Today

Cancer can be a scary word to hear but detecting it early can make all the difference. If you are experiencing changes in your mouth or have oral cancer risk factors, contact our staff at New Leaf Rohnert Park today to request an appointment for an oral cancer screening and exam. We are hear to put your mind at ease and help you promote a healthy smile.

FAQ

What is an oral cancer screening?

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.

Why is an oral cancer screening important?

Oral cancer screenings are important because they can help detect cancer in its early stages when it is more easily treatable. Oral cancer can be life-threatening if not diagnosed and treated early. Regular screenings are especially important for individuals with a higher risk of developing oral cancer, such as those who use tobacco or have a history of heavy alcohol use, sun exposure to the lips, or a family history of oral cancer.

How is an oral cancer screening performed?

During an oral cancer screening, your dentist will:

  1. Visually examine your face, neck, lips, and the inside of your mouth for any signs of cancer, such as sores, lumps, or discolored patches.
  2. Use gloved hands to feel the inside of your mouth, including your cheeks, gums, and under your tongue, for any unusual bumps or masses.
  3. 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.

How often should I have an oral cancer screening?

It’s generally recommended that you have an oral cancer screening at least once a year, or as often as your dentist suggests based on your individual risk factors. Oral cancer screenings are typically performed during your regular dental checkups, which should occur every six months.

Are oral cancer screenings painful?

Oral cancer screenings are not painful. The examination is non-invasive and involves a visual inspection and gentle palpation of the mouth and surrounding areas. If you have any concerns or feel uncomfortable during the screening, be sure to communicate with your dentist, who can help ensure your comfort throughout the process.

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.

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