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Are There Any Oral Cancer Tests to Determine Your Risks?


Posted on 6/25/2019 by Pacific Oral and Facial Surgery Center
Are There Any Oral Cancer Tests to Determine Your Risks?No one wants to hear that they have oral cancer. It is a scary diagnosis that makes people wonder what is next. The only thing worse than a diagnosis of oral cancer is not knowing that you have it.

The earlier oral cancer is found, the easier and more successful the treatment options are. That is why it is important for people to undergo screening for oral cancer. There are tests that can help determine the risk of oral cancer. The key is that someone has to go through the tests.

Determining the Risks
There are a few ways to determine the risks for oral cancer. The first way is through a thorough history. Some of the risk factors for oral cancer include smoking or use of tobacco products, excessive alcohol use, a history of STDs and a family history of cancer. If a person has one or more of these risk factors, it is important to pay more attention to any potential problems that could show a possibility of oral cancer.

The other way to detect the risks of oral cancer is through oral cancer screening done during regular dental checkups. During the screening process, we can look for anything that looks abnormal or that is a possible sign or oral cancer. If anything like that is spotted, it could call for further testing.

Abnormal Growths, Spots and Other Signs

Some of the signs or oral cancer include abnormal growths or spots on the gums, cheeks and teeth. If seen during a dental exam, it is possible to take a swab or a biopsy of the tissue for further examination. Examining the tissue for abnormal cells is the most definitive type of testing for oral cancer but does not guarantee that it will spot all oral cancers.

Oral cancer is a serious problem that you should not ignore. The best thing you can do is detect oral cancer at the earliest stages through oral cancer screening and additional tests when necessary.

For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our offices to schedule an appointment.





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