Oral Cancer Screening
The oral cavity is made up of the mouth, the lips, the lining of the lips and cheeks, the teeth, the floor of the mouth under the tongue, the front two-thirds of the tongue, the bony top of the mouth, the gums,and the small area behind the wisdom teeth. Oral cancer can affect any or all of these areas. Due to the prevalence of this form of cancer, it is important that all people are routinely checked/ screened. Early detection/diagnosis can significantly improve the chances of treatment and recovery. Early Detection is the Key!
YOU ARE AT A HIGH RISK OF GETTING ORAL CANCER IF YOU
- Chew tobacco
- Drink alcohol excessively
- Smoke cigarettes, cigars and pipes
- Exposed to sunlight for long periods of time
METHODS USED FOR SCREENING
Screening is done using several methods:
- The dentist checks for any abnormalities in your mouth during your regular check up.
- The fluorescent staining method, whereby patients are asked to rinse their mouth with a fluorescent mouth rinse. The tissue is then seen through special fluorescent light, known as a velscope. The abnormal cells will stand out under the light.