Patients who have experienced the early signs of oral cancer will need to report to us as soon as possible. This is so we can carry out an oral cancer screening.
Often, these signs and symptoms tend to be indicators of something else which may be serious, but not usually malignant in the same sense as cancer. A screening will help to provide all the information about what is happening and, if it does happen to be cancer, it can be caught early.
So, What Happens During an Oral Cancer Screening?Oral cancer screening is heavily reliant on patient presentation so it is important to see us if you feel that something might be off. The examination protocols that we use for this screening are also used by other medical professionals beyond dentistry.
The check beforehand is actually quite short and normally only lasts around five minutes. During this time, we do a full check of the neck, head and mouth to rule out any other possibilities.
We will always explain what we are doing to the patient before we carry out the procedure. Signs of malignancy such as weight loss, fatigue and anorexia will be checked for. The lips are inspected both when they are moving and at rest.
We also check for a raspy voice and check for lesions that may appear on the lips. The face is also checked for discoloration as well as swelling in the eyes. In addition, a routine nasal examination is carried out. We also check for lesions in the mouth and test the patient's hearing.
While the procedure can sound worrying, there is nothing to worry about until you get the results. If you feel that you may need an oral screening, simply arrange an appointment.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (704) 255-5888 today.