Screenings for Early Detection
Oral cancer can affect any part of the mouth or surrounding tissues. The main objective of oral cancer screening tests is to detect signs early, for a better chance of a successful cure.
Our dentists screen patients for cancerous and precancerous signs during every routine dental examination.
What Does Oral Cancer Screening Involve?
Your dentist will use gloved hands to check your jaws, neck and face for any unexplained swelling, bumps or lumps. We also use diagnostic tools like the VELscope® to detect hidden abnormalities that may not be visible during a physical exam.
Oral cancer tests are a preventive measure. If further diagnosis is required, your dentist will refer you to a doctor or specialist.
Concerned About Your Oral Health?
Our dentists provide oral cancer screenings for patients in Aurora, Vaughn, King City, Newmarket and the surrounding areas. Contact our dentists to book an appointment today.
Who is at Higher Risk of Developing Oral Cancer?
Although anyone may be at risk of oral cancer, certain groups may be at higher risk. These include:
- Patients who smoke heavily or chew tobacco products
- People who consume excess alcohol
- Those whose parents or grandparents had oral cancer (family history)
- Patients who have had excessive exposure to the sun
Signs of Oral Cancer
- Unexplained swelling, bumps or lump
- A pimple, sore or ulcer that doesn’t heal for over three weeks
- Difficulty in swallowing, chewing or moving your tongue
- Reddish or white patches on the inside of the cheeks or lips
- Ulcerations under the tongue, throat, floor of the mouth, and tonsils