Oral Cancer Screenings
A general physician will check your arms or legs and during a routine examination if cancer is suspected, but our professionals are better equipped to help detect early signs of possible cancer in the mouth or throat. This screening is a short procedure and is highly recommended on a regular basis. You can visit us here at Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry to get this screening done and rule out the possibility of oral cancer.
Oral Cancer Screening
Our professionals are well equipped when it comes to understanding and screening for cancer. With the various tools available at hand and good lighting, it gives us a clear view inside your mouth and throat and helps us identify any unusual growth that may be questionable.
Although patients who consume excessive tobacco and alcohol are at a higher risk, some patients might get oral cancer because of genetic history. Sometimes cancer might appear even in low-risk patients who do not consume alcohol or tobacco or have any history of cancer. This is why we constantly stress getting this screening done for everyone.
Recently, several cancer instances have been correlated with the human papillomavirus which spreads orally. This type of cancer usually affects the mouth, head, and neck, but early detection can help us provide a timely treatment that can control and treat cancer effectively.
Recognizing A Precancerous Lesion
Our professionals pay careful attention to various early signs of cancer that appear in your mouth. There are various symptoms such as a small growth, a constant irritation in your throat, an unexplained lump that does not seem to subside, and swollen lymph nodes. All of this might not be explainable instantly and may not always necessarily mean cancer, however early inspection and detection are necessary because if it is suspicious then a biopsy will be able to confirm the findings and you can begin treatment quickly.
Cancer patients who detect cancer at an early stage have a higher chance of recovery and have the ability to lead a normal and good quality life. Just because you are healthy doesn't mean that you are not at risk for cancer. We always advise our patients on the benefits of early detection of cancer, which is why cancer screening is so important.
The overall process of oral cancer screening will not typically take more than 10 minutes, but this can give you a lot of peace of mind. Sometimes, a simple throat infection could make you feel uneasy and you may imagine the worst. However, unless it is inspected one cannot confirm what the problem is and this is why the screenings are vital.
Oral cancer screening is a non-invasive procedure and even if there is an unusual growth in your mouth, the process to test that growth is almost painless. We also like to tell our patients that every growth does not necessarily indicate cancer. Do not panic, but come and let us take a look at anything you may find suspicious. You can drop in at our office here at Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry or gives a call at 661-513-3919 to schedule your oral cancer screening with us.