Oral exam for oral cancer screening
Dr. Nicolini may perform an oral exam to screen for oral cancer during your routine dental visit. During the oral exam, the doctor looks for white or red patches, or mouth sores. The earlier oral cancer is detected, the greater a patient’s chances for a cure.
Abnormal mouth sores are usually non-cancerous. Since an oral exam doesn’t determine that a sore is cancerous – if Dr. Nicolini finds an unusual mouth sore, he will refer you to a specialist for a biopsy if necessary.
Who should consider oral cancer screening?
Patients with a high risk of oral cancer may be more likely to benefit from oral cancer screening. Factors that can increase the risk of oral cancer include:
- Previous oral cancer diagnosis
- Heavy alcohol use
- Tobacco use of any kind, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco and snuff, among others
Dr. Nicolini will decide if you are an appropriate candidate for an oral cancer screening. He will also advise how you can reduce your risk of oral cancer, such as quitting smoking and not drinking alcohol.