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Our Oral Cancer Screening

Screening for oral cancer symptoms can be done in a routine check-up with our dentists. This can help address cancer at an earlier stage in hope of preventing it from spreading. Typically when abnormal tissue or cancer is found earlier, doctors are able to treat the cancer more effectively. Screening tests are conducted when no cancer symptoms are prevalent, and are used as a prevention measure.

Discovery In The Earliest Possible Stages

At your dental checkup your dentist will check for signs of abnormal tissue. Regular screenings by a qualified medical or dental professional, combined with your own personal knowledge of the warning signs and symptoms, will allow its discovery in the earliest possible stages, when cure and survival are most likely.

Who Is At Risk of Oral Cancer?

There are many risk factors for oral cancer, some factors increase the chance of developing oral cancer as well. Risk factors such as gender, age, genetics or lifestyle may affect the chances of developing oral cancer.

Oral cancer is more common in individuals aged 55 or older, although younger people can also develop oral cancer. Men are also twice as likely to develop oral cancer than women, although alcohol and tobacco use may play a part in oral cancer being more common in men.

Genetics also play a part in the risk of developing oral cancer. If a family member has previously been diagnosed with oral cancer, it may lead to an increased risk of developing oral cancer. One of the most common forms of oral cancer, oral Squamous cell carcinoma or SCC can also be genetic. The main risk factors for SCC include smoking more than two packs a day and frequent alcohol use.

80% of individuals who develop oral cancer use a form of tobacco, whether it is smoked or chewed. The frequency in which an individual uses tobacco may increase the risk of developing oral cancer. Alcohol may also be a lead factor in developing oral cancer, a combination of alcohol and tobacco use drastically increase the risk of developing oral cancer.