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Oral Cancer Screening Exam

Oral Cancer Screening Exam. Dr. Kopel explains how important is to have the oral cancer screening in order to detect any sign of cancer, and how this exam is conducted in Zak Dental offices.


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Here’s a brief FAQ on oral cancer screening exams:

What is an oral cancer screening exam?

An oral cancer screening exam is a simple examination performed by a dentist or healthcare professional to look for signs of cancer or precancerous conditions in your mouth.

Why is an oral cancer screening important?

Early detection of oral cancer significantly increases the chances of successful treatment. A screening exam can help identify potential issues before they become serious problems.

Who should get an oral cancer screening?

Generally, adults should have regular oral cancer screenings, especially if they have risk factors such as tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption, a history of oral cancer, or a family history of cancer.

What does an oral cancer screening involve?

During the exam, the dentist or healthcare provider will visually inspect your mouth, lips, gums, tongue, throat, and the insides of your cheeks for any abnormalities. They may also feel the tissues in your mouth for lumps or irregularities.

Are there any special preparations needed for an oral cancer screening?

Usually, no special preparations are needed. However, it’s a good idea to inform your dentist about any concerns you have or if you notice any unusual changes in your mouth.

Does an oral cancer screening hurt?

No, an oral cancer screening is usually painless and non-invasive. It’s a quick and straightforward examination that can be done during a regular dental check-up.

What happens if something abnormal is found during the screening?

If the dentist or healthcare provider notices anything suspicious during the screening, they may recommend further tests or refer you to a specialist for a biopsy or additional evaluation.

How often should I get an oral cancer screening?

The frequency of oral cancer screenings may vary depending on your risk factors and overall health. Your dentist or healthcare provider can advise you on how often you should have screenings based on your individual circumstances.

Can I reduce my risk of oral cancer?

Yes, you can lower your risk of oral cancer by avoiding tobacco products, moderating alcohol consumption, maintaining good oral hygiene, eating a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and protecting your lips from excessive sun exposure.

Always consult with your dentist or healthcare provider for personalized advice and recommendations regarding oral cancer screening and prevention.