Oral Cancer Screening
Cancer screening is one of the most important things a patient can do to ensure their continued oral health. In most cases, cancer screenings take less than 15 minutes. Not only does it not take very long to complete, but it is both non-invasive and painless.
The screening involves staff closely inspecting all areas of the patient’s mouth, noting any tissue appearing anomalous. In those cases, staff might recommend having the questionable tissue, indicative of oral cancer, biopsied by an independent laboratory.
One of the most impactful things about cancer treatment is beginning treatment as soon as possible. This can only happen when the cancer is discovered in its earliest stages. Outcomes are always more positive the earlier the cancer is found in the disease’s progression. It should be noted that while oral cancer cannot be diagnosed by a visual inspection, it is vital to look for odd tissue which could indicate oral cancer.
Any patient looking for information concerning either oral cancer screening procedures or oral cancer itself, should come to see us at Artistic Dental.
Oral Cancer Risk Factors
Believe it or not, there are risk factors that can increase a patient’s chances of developing oral cancer. Some of the factors might seem obvious while others might not. Using tobacco products of any kind can increase the chance of developing cancer for anyone. It does not matter if the tobacco is smoked in pipes, cigars, or cigarettes or if the patient uses different types of smokeless tobacco. They all increase the chances of getting cancer. Another risk factor is the abuse of alcohol. Those patients abusing alcohol have a greater risk than those who do not, of developing cancer. The amount of direct sunlight any patient gets can increase those chances as well.
Patients who discover odd tissue growths in their oral cavity, while brushing or flossing, should not panic. The vast majority of growths turn out to not be cancerous at all. However, the only way to be sure is to have a professional assessment.
Should I Be Screened?
Everyone should be screened for oral cancer. The only way to detect oral cancer is by an assessment. The earlier the treatment is started, the more positive the outcome. When oral cancers linger, they may enter the lymphatic system through nodes, which are beneath the lower jaw. This allows cancer to spread throughout the body and makes it more difficult to treat.
Oral Cancer Screening
While oral cancer can, in fact, not be visually diagnosed, the recognition of specific tissue types can aid in the diagnosis. Some outward signs indicating the possibility of oral cancer can include odd discolored patches, lumpy growths, or pain in the gums or jawbone. If tissue is suspected to contain oral cancer, it is important to have it biopsied as soon as possible so the proper treatment decisions can be made.
Those patients looking to find out more about oral cancer screenings should come to our Artistic Dental office. Our staff can be reached by calling (848) 222-3984. Give us a call today to find out more.