Oral Cancer Screening in Glenpool
Oral cancer can occur anywhere in the oral cavity, including tongue, cheek lining, lips, gum tissue, palate, or floor of the mouth. It often starts as a tiny unnoticed white or red discoloration. It later may exhibit the following signs and symptoms:
- A sore that bleeds and does not heal
- A lump or hard thickening
- Change in oral tissue color
- Numbness or pain
- Difficulty swallowing, talking, eating, or moving the jaw or tongue
People who use tobacco in any form are at a higher risk of oral cancer. The risk is increased if combined with alcohol. Excessive exposure to the sun can also increase the risk of lip cancer.
Only have of those diagnosed with oral cancer survive more than 5 years. Early detection is important for treatment and possible cure. At your dental visit, a thorough screening of your mouth will be performed to detect cancerous and precancerous conditions.