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).
Oral cancer as a very common form of cancer characterized by an uncontrollable growth of cells that invade your oral tissues or cavities and can be critical for any person’s life if not diagnosed and treated in early stages.
Oral Cancer Symptoms
- White and/or red patches in your mouth or lips
- A mouth or lip sore or blister that won’t heal (longer than 2 weeks)
- Mouth bleeding
- Loose teeth or change in the way they fit together
- Difficulty or pain when swallowing
- A lump in your neck
- Frequent or persistent earaches
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.