Early Detection of Oral Cancer

 

Early Detection of Oral Cancer

Early detection of oral cancer is made possible by receiving physical examination screenings. These screenings require detailed examinations of the body. Family medical history should also be considered when detecting these early signs. It is important to understand that these signs and symptoms can be different depending on whether it is an early or late presentation. Your care team providing your examinations should be aware of such differences when considering possible diagnoses.

Diagnosis

“Currently, the most effective way to control oral cancer is to combine early diagnosis and timely and appropriate treatment.” (Oral Cancer Foundation) Often, benign lesions can be confused with malignant lesions. During your examination, your clinician will differentiate between the two and properly diagnose the lesions based on a detailed examination and biopsy, for definite diagnoses.

Staging of the Disease

When diagnosing oral cancer, proper staging is required. A clinician’s determination of the proper stage of oral cancer is based on “Tumor size, the organ or tissue affected, and the extent of spread are considered to be the best indicators of the patient’s prognosis.” (Oral Cancer Foundation)

Concerns

If you have any signs or concerns regarding oral cancer, call your clinician today to set up an appointment to discuss it further and receive proper screening. Always be aware of your oral health and possible changes that you may notice occurring.