Oral cancer screenings are an examination performed by Dr. Platt. During this time, he will search your mouth for cancer or precancerous conditions. The oral screening process includes a two-step inspection: visual and physical.
Oral cancer screenings are completed once or twice a year to catch cancers and lesions. These conditions are the easiest to remove and cure the earlier they’re identified.
According to a study from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the 5-year survival rate of patients with oropharyngeal (oral) cancer jumps ~19% (84% total) if you can diagnose cancer at an early stage. This need for early detection is what makes oral cancer screenings crucial for everyone.
An oral cancer screening is a two-inspection process that can be completed in about five minutes.
The first portion of your screening will begin with Dr. Platt visually inspecting your face, nose, neck, mouth, and lips. If needed, he may also examine your gums, inner cheeks, tongue, tonsils, and throat. Dr. Platt will look for patches of odd coloring, ulcers, bumps, asymmetries, and other abnormalities.
Following the visual inspection, he will administer the physical portion of the examination. For this portion, Dr. Platt will use his gloved hands to feel around the inside of your mouth, as well as your head, cheeks, around the jaw, and under the chin. This process requires two steps because some conditions are hard to see but can be felt. The abnormalities that Dr. Platt is feeling for are any unusual masses or nodules.
Oral cancer symptoms can be painful, but even a painless swelling can indicate problems elsewhere. If you recognize characteristics that match those above in yourself or someone you know, contact our staff at Lasting Impressions Dental Care in Colorado Springs, CO and schedule an appointment with Dr. Platt today. We’ll see to it that you get the treatment you deserve.
During his inspection, Dr. Platt may identify an abnormality. If that’s the case, he might have you return in the following weeks to see if anything has changed. If he deems it necessary, he’ll recommend a biopsy. A biopsy is a procedure where they remove a small piece of tissue from the concerned area of your mouth and send it to a laboratory to test it for cancer. Dr. Platt can perform this procedure, or he may send you to another qualified professional.