An oral cancer screening is a medical procedure which is used to examine a person’s mouth, including the insides of the cheeks, the palate, and other tissues, for signs of cancer. When an abnormal area is found, a small sample of cells, known as a biopsy, will be taken and sent to a lab for additional testing. The lab can determine if cancer is present. Samples are taken with a special brush which gently scrapes cells off the interior of the mouth or by cutting a very small piece of tissue from a numbed spot. The office performs oral cancer screenings at routine dental checkups and during some other office appointments to ensure that any subtle changes can be identified.
The most frequent symptoms connected to oral cancer include:
Oral cancer can occur in anyone, however, some risk factors have been identified which make a person more susceptible to developing cancer, such as:
For more information or to schedule an oral cancer screening, contact the office to arrange a visit to the dentist.
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