FAQ’sQUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Oral cancer screening is an examination performed to look for signs of cancer or precancerous conditions in the mouth. At Rachna Pall DDS, we always do an oral examination during your routine exam visit. We look for any abnormal growth in the mouth. Intentl of oral cancer screening is to identify any cancer growth early, when there is a greater chance for a cure.
People with a high risk of oral cancer may be more likely to benefit from oral cancer screening, though studies haven’t clearly proved that. Factors that can increase the risk of oral cancer include.
- Tobacco use of any kind, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco and snuff, among others
- Heavy alcohol use
- Previous oral cancer diagnosis
- History of significant sun exposure, which increases the risk of lip cancer.
The number of people diagnosed with mouth and throat cancers has been rising over the last several years.
You may be surprised at just how simple an oral cancer screening is. It is a fast and painless examination, performed by Dr. Rachna Pall. During an oral cancer screening exam, your dentist looks over the inside of your mouth to check for lumps, abnormal tissue growth, red or white patches or mouth sores, numbness. The dentist may also examine your throat and neck for lumps.