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Oral Cancer Screening

Did you know?

that oral cancer is one of the most dangerous types of cancer in America? Although it only affects approximately 42,000 people annually, only 64 percent of those diagnosed with the disease survive at least five years after diagnosis. Oral cancer often goes undiagnosed for long periods of time due to a lack of obvious signs and symptoms. By the time visible lesions appear, it is often too late for successful treatment. Early detection of oral cancer can significantly improve cancer outcomes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I get an oral cancer screening?

Absolutely. Everyone – regardless of age – should be screened for oral cancer on a regular basis.

What should I expect during my oral cancer screening?

The dentist will do an oral exam. The entire process is painless and usually takes about two minutes or less. If any questionable tissues are found, your dentist may order a biopsy or brush test for microbiological analysis.

Are there any steps I need to take after my oral cancer screening?

No. Oral cancer screenings are completely non-invasive and do not cause any downtime. But even if your results do not reveal any signs of cancer, it is recommended that you return for additional screenings at each dental examination or at least, one per year.