Oral cancer screening is an examination performed by a dentist. The screening determines whether there’s any sign of cancer or precancerous conditions in your mouth. Aims Dentistry supports oral cancer research and urges everyone to have a regular oral cancer screening to ensure you remain healthy. The goal of the screening is to identify mouth cancer as early as possible. The examination is performed during your regular visit to screen oral cancer. Sometimes, your dentist will perform additional tests to identify areas of abnormal growth in your mouth. According to the British Columbia Cancer Research Center, almost 3200 cases of oral cancer are diagnosed in Canada each year. Oral cancer is the sixth most common type of cancer in Canada. The oral cancer screening can help detect approximately 84% of oral cancer early. The dental professional will check for any abnormalities, red, white or grey areas and tenderness.
The examination helps determine mouth cancer or pre-cancerous lesions that can lead to mouth cancer. If this is detected earlier, your dental surgeon can easily remove cancer or lesions. People with a high risk of cancer can benefit from oral cancer screening. There are a few other factors that can increase the risk of oral cancer including:
You can also perform a self checkup in between your screening. Here’s who can check for the same:
Although not all abnormalities are diagnosed with oral cancer. It is still advised that if you do find any suspicious area, get it checked by your dentist to rule out any cancerous lesions.
There are some limitations to oral cancer screening:
If there is any sign of mouth cancer, your dentist will recommend:
Oral cancer examination must be done every six months for early cancer detection. It is best if you go for a routine checkup, as early cancer detection and treatment will have a positive outcome.