Oral cancer screenings
Screening is looking for cancer before a person has any symptoms. This can help find cancer at an early stage. When abnormal tissue or cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat. By the time symptoms appear, cancer may have begun to spread.
Avoiding cancer risk factors such as smoking, being overweight, and lack of exercise may help prevent certain cancers. Increasing protective factors such as quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet, and exercising may also help prevent some cancers. Talk to us or other health care professionals about how you might lower your risk of cancer.
Signs and Symptoms
- A sore or lesion in the mouth that does not heal within two week.
- A lump or thickening in the cheek
- A white or red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsil, or lining of the mouth
- A sore throat or a feeling that something is caught in the throat
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing
- Difficulty moving the jaw or tongue
- Numbness of the tongue or other area of the mouth
- Swelling of the jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly or become uncomfortable
Oral cancer screenings are performed at every visit in our clinic. We check your head,neck and inside your mouth to see if there are any abnormal appearing tissues. It is recommended that self oral cancer screens be completed weekly, especially if you fall into the high risk category. Some signs to look for when performing self oral cancer screens includes any swelling, red or white patches or sores. If any of the sign or symptoms listed is observed, monitor the area for 2 weeks (14 days). If there is no change to the area or the area gets bigger or worse, see your dentist or physician as soon as you can.
How to perform a self oral cancer scan?
Equipment needed: small mirror, flashlight, wall mirror and gauze
- First learn to recognize the normal condition of your mouth. This is so you will be able to recognise any changes in your mouth. Also, examine your face and neck. The left and right sides should be relatively the same. Also check your face and neck to see if there are any changes in colour, new moles or changes of existing moles, lumps or sores.
- Next, thoroughly feel both sides of your neck and cheeks with your fingers for any lumps.
- Next place your finger on your adams apple and swallow. It should move. Report if you have any hoarseness that doesnít clear up in 2 weeks.
- Check the inside of your mouth thoroughly by using the flashlight and mirrors. Use the gauze to grab the tip of the tongue and pull it out. When the tongue is pulled out, check both sides thoroughly.
- Check the roof of your mouth with the small mirror. Look to see if there is any change in colour.
- Take you index finger and feel the roof and floor of your mouth for any abnormalities.
- Next check in the inside of your upper and lower lips by pulling them down. Gently squeeze your lips and cheeks and feel for any lumps or tenderness. Remember, you’re looking for any change that occurs and does not resolve by 14 days. Check for lumps, bumps, swelling, changes in colour or pain.
To learn more about Oral Cancer Screenings, or to arrange your appointment
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