Your screening will consist of careful examination all areas of your mouth including:
But I don't smoke, do I need to worry?
Smoking does increase your chance of developing oral related cancers, but there are other factors. Studies show that 25% of oral cancer patients are not related to smoking. Oral cancer can be a serious situation. Your health matters to us. Dr. Alder knows that catching signs early could save your life.
How can I spot signs of oral cancers?
Frequently, we find that our patients are aware of what is normal for their body. The best way to spot irregularities is to keep an eye out for changes, they might be early warning signals. The general rule we follow is that if you see anything that is new, painful, or irritated, and doesn't go away after a month of careful watching, come see Dr. Alder, who can refer you to an oral and maxillofacial doctor.
What are you looking for during the screening?
Oral cancer screenings are fast and painless. With a simple tongue depressor and scope, Dr. Alder will look for:
|•||Open sores that have not healed with time any lumps in your neck|
|•||Changes in the color or texture of soft tissues|
|•||Experiencing difficulty in swallowing|
|•||tenderness or pain, anywhere in your mouth, ears or throat|
We are happy to answer your questions about oral cancer. For more information, contact Brian Alder, DDS, at our Vancouver, WA office.