13802 W Camino del Sol Suite #101
Sun City West, AZ 85375

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(623) 583-0151

Oral Cancer Screening

Dedicated to Complete Oral Health

We are here to make sure you have a healthy smile. To help you get and keep that healthy smile, we are dedicated to helping you have a healthy life. One way we prove our dedication to our patients is by conducting oral cancer screenings during your regular checkups. Like every form of cancer, oral cancer can be life threatening if it is not diagnosed and treated early.

Signs of Trouble

Though some of the potential signs of oral cancer might be caused by less serious problems, this short screening will help us understand if there are additional steps that need to be taken.The most common symptoms of oral cancer include:

  • Red or white spots or sores in throughout your mouth

  • Sores that bleed and do not heal

  • A lump, thickening or rough spot

  • Pain, tenderness or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips

  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving the jaw or tongue

Screening

We are proud to say our staff has been trained to perform simple, quick screenings that involve a full-mouth screening that can detect cancerous and precancerous conditions. In addition to a visual examination, we will also check the tissue of your mouth and through to detect potential problems. If there are any areas of concern, we might conduct a simple test to collect cells from your mouth that can be sent to a labratory for analysis. If the results come back positive, we might suggest a biopsy.

Prevention

In addition to the oral cancer screening during your regularly scheduled checkup, there are several things you can do to prevent oral cancer:

  • Avoid all tobacco products and only drinking alcohol in moderation

  • Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet

  • Limiting your lips exposure to the sun and always wearing UV-A/B-blocking sun protective lotions on your skin and lips

  • Asking your dentist to perform an oral cancer screening.