Oral Cancer Screening in Pembroke
According to Oral Cancer Canada, three people die from oral cancer every day, which makes the survival rate for oral cancer lower than breast, cervical, and prostate cancer. This is unfortunate, as oral cancer is 90% curable if detected early. It is for this reason that we here at Parkview Dental stress the importance of regular oral cancer screening.
The Importance of Early Detection
Oral cancer typically reveals itself in the following areas:
- Floor of the mouth
By keeping an eye out for the early signs of oral cancer, it is possible to treat it with a high level of success. Some early signs of oral cancer that a patient can detect at home include:
- Red or white ulcers that won’t heal
- Growing lumps or lesions
- Irregular bleeding
- Shifting teeth
- Thickening oral tissues
For the most part, at least one of the two hygiene appointments we provide each of our patients has an oral cancer screening performed alongside it. If you have not yet received your oral cancer screening this year, be sure to contact our office and schedule an appointment with Dr. Munro today.
How is Oral Cancer Detected?
During a regular hygiene appointment, Dr. Munro will feel around the jawbone and neck for any unusual lumps. The doctor will also search the inside of the mouth, looking for any of the common signs of oral cancer we mentioned in the above section.
We can also examine patients in our office using a system called Oral ID. This system takes advantage of advanced fluorescent technology in order to identify abnormal lesions under the patient’s skin. The process is quick, and works without needing any x-rays.