To help detect cancer, you should undergo an oral cancer screening. At Jon C. Packman DDS, we can perform oral cancer screening to determine the presence of precancerous conditions. We recommend that all of our patients undergo regular screening for cancer and other oral condition.
The main objective of this type of screening is to detect mouth cancer in its early stages. As with other types of cancer, the earlier you detect it, the better your chances are of making a full recovery. During your visits to our clinic, we will perform a basic oral cancer screening using technology like digital x-rays and decide to use extra tests if needed to get a conclusive answer.
While a section of medical professionals disputes the effectiveness of oral cancer screening in saving lives, it remains important to visit our clinic for a comprehensive screening. This is especially true for those who use tobacco in any form such as in cigarettes, pipes, cigars or chewing tobacco. Also, heavy alcohol users and patients with a previous mouth cancer diagnosis are also at risk of developing oral cancer. That is not to say that people that do not fall into high-risk categories should not also get checked.
Whenever you visit us, feel free to ask any questions you may have about oral cancer and how oral screening can help to protect you. Furthermore, you can ask about the various ways you can keep oral cancer at bay, which includes quitting drinking and smoking. We will be more than happy to ask any questions that you may have.
Oral cancer screening can come with several limitations. For example, a simple screening can lead to the need for additional tests. This is because further investigation may be needed to determine whether sores in your mouth are cancerous. If we do think that you should undergo further tests, then we will talk through the procedure with you.
Moreover, additional tests may be recommended which include using a special dye which is blue in color to rinse your mouth. Abnormal cells will absorb the dye hence appearing blue. A special light may also be shone on the mouth tissues. This light makes abnormal tissues appear white while healthy tissues will appear dark.
Bear in mind that even though we may recommend further tests, they are only usually precautionary. Most tests reveal nothing to be concerned about with little or no further action to be taken.
Initial oral cancer screening is a straightforward process, so there is no reason for you not to go ahead with the procedure. It is often performed as a routine process by our professionals when you come in for a regular exam. This means that you don’t have to prepare for any additional procedures before you come to visit us. It is not often that we will recommend further testing, but it is still advisable to be checked nonetheless.
For more information about oral cancer screening, feel free to contact Jon C. Packman DDS at (704) 978-7060 any time.