More than 54,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer each year, according to the American Cancer Society. At Dental Distinction in Plano, Texas, Mohammed Mansour, DDS, BDS, MS, and his team perform routine oral cancer screenings to help detect early signs of this dangerous disease. The outcome for oral cancer is positive when caught and treated early. To learn more, call Dental Distinction or schedule an appointment online today.
An oral cancer screening is a routine exam that Dr. Mansour and his team use to check for signs of this potentially deadly disease. Oral cancer occurs when your cells divide too rapidly. It causes abnormal, cancerous cells that destroy the soft tissues in your mouth.
Oral cancer typically presents as a non-healing sore or abnormal growth. During an oral cancer screening, Dr. Mansour examines the inside of your mouth for signs of disease and collects tissue samples of any abnormal lesions he finds through a biopsy. He then sends these samples to the Texas A&M College of Dentistry lab in Dallas, Texas, for testing.
When you arrive for your oral cancer screening, Dr. Mansour starts by assessing your lips and face for signs of disease. Then, he asks you to open your mouth so he can evaluate your tongue, gums, salivary glands, throat, and the inside of your cheeks.
The goal of this screening is to check for specific signs of oral cancer, such as:
A leukoplakia is a hardened lesion that looks white or grey in appearance. While it can develop anywhere in the soft tissues of your mouth, these lesions are most common on the gums and underneath the tongue.
Mouth sores don’t always indicate cancer. Many people regularly get noncancerous sores, like canker sores and small cuts. In some cases, however, sores and red patches that don’t heal can indicate oral cancer.
Abnormal growths look like hardened lumps of tissue in your mouth. They may present as large bumps or small patches of thickened oral tissue. Depending on the size of your growth, Dr. Mansour may collect a small biopsy from his office, or he might refer you to a specialist for a more thorough exam.
Oral cancer is often highly treatable in its early stages. However, once it spreads outside of your mouth, the disease can be difficult to treat. That’s why it’s important to visit Dr. Mansour and his team for a comprehensive oral cancer screening at least once a year.
Scheduling your screenings regularly ensures that you can get the treatment you need at the first sign of disease.
To learn more about oral cancer screenings, call Dental Distinction or schedule an appointment online today.