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How do I Self-Screen for Oral Cancer?

Posted on 2/8/2021 by Pacific Oral and Facial Surgery Center
How do I Self-Screen for Oral Cancer?One of the most serious oral cavity health conditions, oral cancer should not be taken lightly. As with every type of cancer, the earlier the detection, the better. While a professional assessment can detect cancer, patients can also perform self-exams each and every day. Think about it. Patients know their mouths better than anyone. They should take the time each day when they brush and floss their teeth twice a day to look for signs of oral cancer. It could save their lives.

High Risk Patients

For those patients who smoke cigars, cigarettes, or pipes are at a higher risk for contracting cancer. Even smokeless tobacco products can raise their likelihood. Those who abuse alcohol can also be considered a higher risk.

What to Look for in a Self-Examination?

While brushing or flossing, patients should take their time pulling back their lips to expose gums and look for discolorations, sores, or lesions on their gums. Lifting their tongue up, they should stretch it toward the roof of their mouth to inspect the underside and the floor of the mouth. They should also sweep it side to side as well. Patients should also check to make sure their teeth are not loose and there is no significant bleeding every time they brush or floss.

Patients should also make note of any odd signs of abnormal wear of their teeth. They should also make note of any pain along the jawbone or in their teeth. This could be a significant sign that there are underlying symptoms of something more serious.

If patients find discoloration or odd patches along their gums or in their other soft tissues, they should come to see us for a professional evaluation. While many cancer signs are visual in nature, some are unable to be seen without x-rays and professional assessment. You should reach out to us if you see abnormalities in your gums.

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