Oral cancer screening involves a painless evaluation of your lips, mouth, and throat for hints that the cells have changed.
When malignant or cancerous cells begin to form in or around the mouth, the condition is known as oral cancer. It may occur in or on the lips, inside of the mouth, in the throat, or even within the jawbone. This condition affects millions of people worldwide, and it can often progress silently, without causing any pain or displaying easily visible symptoms.
Checking for any abnormalities that could be cancerous even before patients are able to report any symptoms is a smart way to save lives while also reducing the destruction that could be caused by cancer. Oral cancer screening involves a painless and easy evaluation of your lips, mouth, and throat for hints that the tissue cells have changed. This may include lumps, bumps, spots, or changes in the texture of the skin—with or without pain. Early identification means that the appropriate treatment can be provided as soon as possible to reduce the spread of the disease.
Screening for suspicious-looking lesions is only the first step. Abnormal findings may require more in depth testing known as a biopsy. With just a few tissue cells from a cotton swab or another collection method, Dr. Patel can determine if the tissues are healthy or cancerous. Based upon the results of the biopsy, a relevant course of treatment will be prescribed for you.
Smoking and alcohol habits are common risk factors for oral cancer. However, recent research has helped to shed light on other risk factors such as your family history or the HPV. These findings have broadened the group of individuals who should be screened for oral cancer to include almost everyone.
Choosing to be screened for oral cancer even when you don’t have cancerous symptoms is a simple way to protect yourself from the most advanced and most fatal stages of cancer. For more information, make an appointment for your screening today.