Oral Cancer Screening in Woodbridge, ON
What is an oral cancer screening?
Oral cancer screening involves a dental exam or checkup by your dentist or dental professional. The goal is to screen for any signs of abnormal tissue growth or cancer in the mouth during the early stages and before any symptoms are present. The earlier any potential issues can be detected, the better the prognosis and the less invasive the treatment that is required. Once symptoms of oral cancer are present, there is a chance that cancer may have already spread to other parts of the body.
Your dentist or dental professional will check your mouth, lips, tongue and throat to look for abnormal tissue. If an area of concern is detected, your dentist will give you a referral so that diagnostic testing can be performed to determine if there is cancerous tissue present.
Signs and symptoms
- White or dark red patches in the mouth, on the lips or your tongue.
- Lumps or changes to the colour of the oral tissues.
- Bleeding in the mouth.
- Sores or patches that will not heal.
- Numbness in the mouth.
- Difficulty when swallowing.
- Changes in taste
The Canadian Dental Association estimates that 3,100 new cases of oral cancers were identified in Canada, and about 1,090 deaths occurred as a result of the disease in 2013.
If you have any of the signs or symptoms of oral cancer, contact your dentist to schedule a comprehensive dental exam.