Oral Cancer Examinations
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, mouth cancers will be newly diagnosed in about 132 new individuals each day in the United States alone, a total of over 48,000 new cases per year. The American Cancer Society reports that over 9,500 people die from oral cancer every year in the U.S.
When diagnosed in the early stages, oral cancer patients have an 80 to 90% survival rate. Visits at Farber Center incorporate oral cancer exams also including feeling your face, glands, and neck for unusual bumps. Inside the mouth, red patches and sores are investigated. Finally, soreness, lumps, or the general thickening of tissue anywhere in the throat or mouth, can signal pathological signs and are carefully examined.
Our practice also incorporates the OralCDx BrushTest. The BrushTest is a quick and painless method to test the common small white and red oral spots that most people have in their mouth at one time or another. The BrushTest is used to determine if a common oral spot contains abnormal cells (known as dysplasia) that, if left alone for several years, may develop into oral cancer.
If you have questions about oral cancer or our screening procedures, please call our office or ask the periodontist or dental hygienist at the time of your visit.