Discover the Power of Early Detection: Oral Cancer Exam
Did you know that over 30,000 cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year? Tragically, more than 7,000 lives are lost to this devastating disease. But here’s the good news: oral cancer can be detected early through a simple, yet crucial, annual oral cancer exam. Oral cancer often begins with no noticeable symptoms, making regular examinations with Dr. Beller are absolutely vital. Our comprehensive oral cancer exams are designed to catch any signs of this disease in its earliest stages, giving you the best chances of successful treatment. With various histologic types like teratoma, adenocarcinoma, and melanoma, oral cancers can be diverse. However, the most common type is malignant squamous cell carcinoma, typically found in lip and mouth tissues.
Don’t let oral cancer go unnoticed. Take control of your oral health and prioritize regular oral cancer exams. Our experienced team is dedicated to providing thorough screenings that could save your life. Remember, early detection is key. Schedule your oral cancer exam today and join the fight against oral cancer. Together, we can make a difference in your health and well-being.
There are many different places in the oral cavity and maxillofacial region in which oral cancers commonly occur, including:
- Salivary Glands
- Oropharyngeal Region (throat)
Prioritize Your Health: Reasons for Oral Cancer Examinations
Did you know that approximately 75 percent of oral cancers are preventable? Many cases are linked to modifiable behaviors like smoking, tobacco use, and excessive alcohol consumption. By undergoing regular oral cancer examinations, your dentist can provide valuable resources, education, and support to help you make lifestyle changes and quit smoking. Early detection is the key to successful treatment. When oral cancer is diagnosed in its initial stages, the chances of effective treatment are significantly higher. Any abnormalities you notice in your tongue, gums, mouth, or surrounding areas should be promptly evaluated by a healthcare professional. By scheduling regular oral cancer exams, you can ensure that potential issues are detected and addressed swiftly. During your comprehensive oral cancer exam, our dedicated team of dental professionals will meticulously examine your maxillofacial and oral regions. Through a thorough evaluation, we will be able to identify any pathologic changes that may indicate the presence of oral cancer or other oral health concerns.
The following signs will be investigated during a routine oral cancer exam:
Red patches and sores – Red patches on the floor of the mouth, the front and sides of the tongue, white or pink patches which fail to heal, and slow-healing sores that bleed easily can be indicative of pathologic (cancerous) changes.
Leukoplakia – This is a hardened white or gray, slightly raised lesion that can appear anywhere inside the mouth. Leukoplakia can be cancerous or may become cancerous if treatment is not sought.
Lumps – Soreness, lumps or the general thickening of tissue anywhere in the throat or mouth can signal pathological problems.
Comprehensive Oral Cancer Exams: Detection, Diagnosis, and Treatment
When it comes to oral cancer, early detection is crucial. That’s why we offer painless and thorough oral cancer examinations to ensure your well-being. During the examination, Dr. Beller will visually inspect and carefully feel your face, glands, and neck for any unusual bumps or abnormalities. To enhance our examination, we may also utilize advanced laser technology that can reveal hidden pathologic changes beneath the surface, which may not be visible to the naked eye.
If any abnormalities, lesions, leukoplakia, or lumps are detected, our dentist will develop a diagnostic impression and treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. In cases where the initial treatment plan proves ineffective, a biopsy will be performed. This clinical evaluation will determine the exact stage and grade of the oral lesion, providing critical information for an accurate diagnosis. Oral cancer is considered present when the basement membrane of the epithelium is compromised. Malignant forms of oral cancer have the potential to spread to other areas in the oral and maxillofacial regions, presenting additional secondary risks. Treatment methods will vary depending on the specific diagnosis and may include excision, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.
While our team thoroughly examines your mouth for changes and lesions during bi-annual check-ups, we strongly recommend a dedicated comprehensive oral cancer screening at least once a year. This specialized screening ensures that we can detect any potential issues early on, giving you the best chances for successful treatment and long-term oral health. Your well-being is our priority, and we are committed to providing the highest standard of care. Schedule your comprehensive oral cancer exam today and take an active step in preserving your health and peace of mind.