Oral Cancer Screenings
There is no standard or routine screening test for oral cancer.Screening for oral cancer may be done during a routine check-up by a dentist or medical doctor. The exam will include looking for lesions, including areas of leukoplakia (an abnormal white patch of cells) and erythroplakia (an abnormal red patch of cells).
What can cause mouth cancer?
Mouth cancer, also known as oral cancer, is where a tumour develops on the surface of the tongue, mouth, lips or gums. Tumours can also occur in the salivary glands, tonsils and the pharynx (the part of the throat from your mouth to your windpipe) but these are less common.
What to do in Oral Cancer Screenings?
You can do a couple of things to find early signs of mouth cancer.
- Have regular dental check-ups, at least yearly – even if you have false teeth
- Check inside your mouth with a small mirror for any changes that could be due to mouth cancer
Many Houston dentists routinely check for mouth or oropharyngeal cancer. So they are often the first to spot these cancers in their patients. If the dentist suspects a cancer they can refer you to the hospital to see a specialist.