Oral Cancer Screening

At Dr. Mady's practices, we perform dental screening of our patients to help detect severe diseases, such as oral cancer.


Screening for Oral Cancer

During an oral cancer screening, we examine the inside of your mouth, and your lips to look for spots or sores. Many of these spots or sores are harmless, but some may need a test to determine if a problem exists. We may perform a brush test, which involves scraping a miniature brush across the suspicious sore or discolored area in a patient's mouth. The cells collected on the brush are sent to a lab for analysis. If the results show suspicious cells are present, a biopsy can then be performed.

Early Detection 

Because 25 percent of the people diagnosed with oral cancer have no risk factors, oral cancer screenings are a routine part of our practice. Regular check-ups, including an examination of the entire mouth, can help detect the presence of cancerous and pre-cancerous conditions.

Symptoms of oral cancer include:

  • A change in the way the teeth fit together
  • A color change in the oral tissues
  • A tiny white or red spot/sore anywhere in the mouth
  • Any sore that bleeds easily or refuses to heal
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving the jaw or tongue
  • Lumps, thickenings, rough spots, or crusty areas
  • Pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips

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