Here at Family Dental Care, we regularly screen our patients for oral cancer. These screenings take place during your dental examinations and are quick and non-invasive but are vitally important. Oral cancer rates are increasing and often this disease is only detected during its latter stages. With regular oral cancer screenings, we can detect any possible symptoms at a much earlier stage, when the prognosis is far more favourable.
What are You Looking for During an Oral Cancer Screening?
We will closely examine all your oral tissues, including the roof and floor of your mouth and your tongue, and your cheeks and lips. This is to check for any lumps and bumps or thickened areas of skin that shouldn’t be there. We also check for changes to the texture and colour of these tissues and for any sore spots that aren’t healing properly. If we find anything wrong, we can take a small sample of cells to send off for analysis or we might refer you directly to a specialist.
If you are ever concerned about any changes to the inside of your mouth, please contact us immediately. Although oral cancer is still relatively rare, we would much rather be sure that you do not have this serious condition.
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