Usually oral cancer screenings are done in conjunction with the dental exam. The doctor will visually, manually and with X-rays search for any abnormal lumps, bumps, lesions, growths, radiolucencies/ opacities and discolorations that may appear cancerous or pre-cancerous on the bone or soft tissue. A discussion of any cancer causing habits will help the doctor determine if biopsy is needed and monitor for complete resolution and/or re-occurrences.
“Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul.” – Jim Valvano ‘Jimmy V’
Oral Cancer Warning Signs
- Sore in the oral cavity that does not heal within one month.
- Lumps and swelling in the oral cavity, on the lips or on the neck.
- White or rough lesions in the mouth or on the lips.
- Dryness in the mouth over a period of time for no apparent reason.
- Numbness, soreness, or burning sensation in or around the oral cavity.
- Difficulty speaking, chewing or swallowing.
- Repeated bleeding in a specific area of the mouth for no apparent reason.