What is Oral Cancer Screening, Its Symptoms and Processes?

by Jack Snap Writer
Due to recent growth in oral cancer cases, there are many dentists that may have begun suggesting for oral cancer at their regular patient routine exams. This simple screening helps to catch the problematic tissues as early as possible and early detection makes it possible to treat the underlying problem quickly and successfully. 

Common Oral Cancer Symptoms

The early home detection of cancerous tissues in the mouth can’t be noticeable to the naked eye. Below are some oral cancer symptoms and if you are experiencing any of the following, and then see your dentist immediately so they can perform a professional screening:

  • Bump, rough spots, eroded area, or swelling on the lips, gums or inside the mouth.

  • Bleeding in the mouth 

  • Numbness or tenderness in the mouth, or on face or neck

  • Difficulty in chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving the tongue

  • Sores on the face, mouth or neck that bleed and not heating

  • Chronic sore throat or feeling like something is caught in your throat

  • Roughness or change in vocalization 

  • Earache

  • Changing in your bite

  • Extreme weight loss 

Risk Factor for Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is not caused by one thing, but is rather a combination of various factors:

  • Smoking cigarettes or chewing smokeless tobacco
  • Sun exposure on the lips
  • Excessive alcohol consumption 
  • Oral infections such as HPV
  • Previous head and neck cancers

Velscope® Oral Cancer Screening  

The Velscope® Oral Cancer Screening is done through a handheld device that emits a blue light which can help the dentists to identify early signs of oral cancer. The blue light makes it easier for the dentist to see any abnormalities in the mouth that would not have been seen with the naked eye. This is purely a diagnostic device and is completely non-invasive.

What to Expect During an Oral Cancer Screening?

Oral cancer screening is a two-part exam where the dentist will screen the oral cavity and connective tissues.

Visual Exam: A dentist performs a visual exam of the face, neck, lips, inside your nose, and oral cavity by using a light mirror and a tongue depressor. They will be looking for asymmetries, swelling, bumps, and patches of color, ulcerations or other abnormalities. The procedure of this exam is much like the average physical exam you would receive at your doctor’s clinic. 

Physical Exam: After the visual exam, the dentist will then touch the areas of the head, cheeks, around the jaw, under the chin, and in the oral cavity to feel the unusual masses or nodules that are not visible to the naked eye. The symptoms of oral cancer can be painful, or in some cases completely painless.

An oral cancer screening is not just a medical exam; it is an opportunity for a person to talk to the dentist about fears and concerns and to ask for advice about reducing the risk of oral cancer. And with options like Velscope® oral cancer screening and experience and proficiency of the dentist, the cancer symptoms can be detected early for immediate treatment. 

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