Why Should You Get an Oral Cancer Screening?
Getting your oral cancer screening is important, as the American Cancer Society reports more than 30,000 cases of oral cancer yearly. Catching oral cancer early can decrease your risk of dying and increase your chances of recovery.
Oral cancer screenings can take place at a routine check up, and can include the examination of the lips, mouth, tongue, salivary glands, throat, gums, and face.
What Takes Place During a Cancer Screening?
During these painless cancer screening routines the patient is examined for any lesions, red patches, sores, and lumps that may be at risk for turning into cancer. Some procedures that take place in these screenings are using dyes to inspect lesions (Toluidine blue stain), fluorescent staining, exfoliative cytology which is used to collect cells from the lips or mouth, and a brush biopsy.
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