Oral cancer has claimed millions of lives in the past and is one of the most devastating oral conditions known to us. It is estimated that approximately 30,000 cases of oral cancer are diagnosed in the United States every year. The chances of getting oral cancer cured are significantly higher if it is detected in the early stages and treated appropriately. Oral cancer screening is quite helpful in this regard.
How is Oral Cancer Caused?
The major cause of oral cancer is smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco. Tobacco is a principal offender when it comes to oral cancer, as it contains hundreds of carcinogens. When these chemical agents come in contact with the healthy tissues of the mouth, throat, or surrounding tissues, they promote the growth of cancerous cells. If left untreated, their growth increases by the day and may become extremely complicated to treat.
What are the Symptoms of Oral Cancer?
Formation of cancerous cells in the oral region that may appear as a hard lump underneath the soft tissues
- Cysts and lesions
- Redness or dullness at a specific spot in the mouth where the cancer cells are concentrated
- Bleeding and discharge of pus from the infected tissues
- Inability to bite or chew food
- Pain in the oral tissues while brushing the teeth or eating food
- Red or white patches on the inner lining of the oral tissues
How is Oral Cancer Screening Carried Out?
If you notice any of the above-mentioned symptoms, it is best to consult a dentist and have them diagnosed. We use an intraoral camera to diagnose the throat, larynx, and pharynx tissues to check for visible signs of oral cancer. A highly potent laser beam may also be used to detect the presence of underlying cancer cells. Advanced diagnostic equipment, such as the CDx and VELscope, will be used to extract the tissues in question and analyze them. If the presence of cancer is confirmed, further treatment will be suggested.
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