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Did you know that only 15% of all dental professional’s screen patients for oral cancer as part of your regular exam?

The dental community is the first line of defense in early detection of oral cancer. However, a recent study published by the ADA revealed that only 15% of dentists screen their patients as part of a regular exam. At Zak Dental, we are proud to be in this minority. Currently only half of all patients diagnosed with oral cancer survive more than five years, but this is because they are diagnosed in later stages.

We have the skills and tools to ensure that early signs of cancer and pre-cancerous conditions are identified. We are committed to fighting and winning the battle against oral cancer through timely detection.

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Oral Cancer Screening FAQ


What is oral cancer screening?

Oral cancer screening is a quick and painless examination conducted by a dentist or healthcare professional to detect signs of oral cancer or precancerous conditions in the mouth.

Why is oral cancer screening important?

Early detection of oral cancer significantly increases the chances of successful treatment and survival. Regular screenings can help detect abnormalities in the mouth before they develop into cancerous lesions.

Who should undergo oral cancer screening?

Oral cancer screening is recommended for all adults, especially those who are at higher risk, including tobacco users (smokers and smokeless tobacco users), heavy alcohol drinkers, individuals with a history of oral cancer, and those with a family history of oral cancer.

What are the signs and symptoms of oral cancer?

Signs and symptoms of oral cancer may include persistent mouth sores, lumps or thickening in the mouth or throat, difficulty chewing or swallowing, persistent hoarseness, ear pain, numbness in the mouth or lips, and unexplained bleeding in the mouth.

How is oral cancer screening performed?

During an oral cancer screening, the dentist or healthcare professional will visually inspect the mouth, lips, tongue, gums, palate, and throat for any abnormalities or suspicious lesions. In some cases, additional tests such as a brush biopsy or tissue biopsy may be recommended.

Is oral cancer screening painful?

No, oral cancer screening is typically painless and non-invasive. It involves a visual examination of the oral cavity and may include palpation of the tissues to check for lumps or abnormalities.

How often should I undergo oral cancer screening?

The frequency of oral cancer screening depends on individual risk factors and oral health status. In general, adults should undergo oral cancer screening at least annually during routine dental check-ups. However, individuals at higher risk may require more frequent screenings.

Can oral cancer screening be done at home?

While self-examination of the mouth is important for detecting early signs of oral cancer, a comprehensive oral cancer screening conducted by a dentist or healthcare professional is recommended for accurate diagnosis and early detection.

What happens if an abnormality is detected during oral cancer screening?

If an abnormality or suspicious lesion is detected during oral cancer screening, further diagnostic tests such as a biopsy may be recommended to determine if it is cancerous or precancerous. Treatment options will be discussed based on the diagnosis.

Can oral cancer be prevented?

While not all cases of oral cancer can be prevented, certain lifestyle changes can reduce the risk, including quitting smoking and tobacco use, limiting alcohol consumption, practicing good oral hygiene, eating a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and minimizing exposure to risk factors such as excessive sun exposure and human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.

It’s important to prioritize regular dental check-ups and discuss any concerns about oral health or risk factors for oral cancer with your dentist or healthcare provider. Early detection and prompt treatment are key to improving outcomes for oral cancer patients.