According to preventcancer.org, almost 50,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year, and almost 10,000 will die of the disease. Early detection is a key to surviving it.
Have you ever been screened for oral cancer? Every exam at Dr. Crowley’s office includes an oral cancer screening.
When looking for oral cancer, the dentist will check for lesions, sores and/or red/white patches in the mouth. Dr. Crowley will wear a glove and feel the tissues inside your mouth, checking for any lumps or abnormalities. If you wear dentures (or partials), you’ll be asked to remove them so the dentist can conduct the check-up properly.
Oral cancer screenings may involve the taking of a sample of tissue to be further examined and/or a referral to a specialist. Sores, discolorations and anything else out of the ordinary should be checked and then re-checked a few weeks later to figure out what’s truly going on.