Having one of these symptoms doesn’t automatically mean you have oral cancer. Yet, it’s better to be safe than sorry. The sooner you schedule an oral cancer screening, the sooner you can plan your next steps. Plus, getting a routine will give you peace of mind.
Signs of oral cancer include:
- Red or white patches inside mouth
- Mouth sore that won’t heal
- Lump in cheek
- Sore throat
- Feeling like something is stuck in your throat
What to Expect
You’ll most likely have your oral cancer screening during your teeth cleaning appointment. That way, we’re able to check for oral cancer and other conditions at the same time. Depending on your medical history, you may need more often.
One of our dentists will examine the inside of your mouth. They’ll check for patches, sores, and other abnormalities that could be signs of oral cancer. They’ll also feel inside your mouth for lumps, bumps, and thickened tissue. If we find something suspicious, we’ll recommend you get a biopsy so a lab can run further tests.
Risk Factors for Oral Cancer
You have a higher risk of getting oral cancer if you have a history of using tobacco or abusing alcohol. You may also be at risk for lip cancer if you spend a lot of time outside without protection from UV rays. Let our dentists know if you have a family history of cancer as this may also increase your risk.