Oral Cancer Screening Chicago, IL
Dental exams are a critical part of maintaining your oral health. They allow us to check your mouth for signs of decay, damage, redness, swelling, and more. By detecting issues in their earliest stages, we can take action and recommend the best treatments to restore your mouth before the problem grows worse. At Medhat Dental Excellence, we look for more than tooth decay and gum disease. We also perform an oral cancer screening.
Oral cancer, or cancer of the mouth, can strike anywhere in your oral cavity, including your lips, gums, cheeks, the floor of the mouth, palate, or far back near the entrance of your throat. It affects over 40,000 Americans every year. If not diagnosed and treated early, oral cancer can be fatal. If cancer has begun to spread to the lymph nodes, the likelihood of survival after five years is approximately 60%. If it has spread to other areas of the body, survival after five years drops to about 38%. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial to surviving.
Symptoms of Oral Cancer
At your regular dental exams, your mouth is scanned for signs and symptoms of oral cancer. However, these symptoms will not wait until your six-month appointment to appear. There are several signs that you should be on the lookout for, and contact the office as soon as you notice them:
There are certain factors that can increase your risk of developing oral cancer:
How is Oral Cancer Diagnosed?
The first step in diagnosing oral cancer is with a thorough oral exam. We check your mouth for any abnormalities and check your face and neck for swelling. If we find anything, we will then move on to a more thorough investigation. This often involves the use of X-rays and a soft tissue biopsy.
A biopsy is one of our best tools for diagnosing or ruling out oral cancer. It involves the removal of a section of the abnormality in your mouth for closer examination. There are a few different types of soft tissue biopsy, including:
If you notice any changes in your oral tissues, don’t wait until your next scheduled appointment to address them. Contact Medhat Dental Excellence today at (773) 831-6696 Milwaukee Ave Location
(773) 831-7399 East Washington Location.
Two Locations to Meet Your Dental Needs
Mailing Address: P.O Box 316530, Chicago, Illinois, 60631
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United Concordia • Delta Dental • Aon • Connection Dental • Maverest
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Fri 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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