Oral Cancer Screenings
According to the American Cancer Society, it’s estimated that over 48,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer, and 9,500 people will die from oral and oropharyngeal cancer this year. That’s why it’s so important that you undergo oral cancer screenings as part of your routine dental checkups with Dr. Kovacevic.
The Importance of Early Detection
The key to beating oral cancer is identifying it at an early stage. The sooner you begin treatment, the more likely you are to overcome the effects of the disease. To protect your health, we include an oral cancer screening as part of your routine dental checkup every six months.
These screenings include a thorough examination of your entire mouth. Typically, oral cancer is detected in the following areas:
- Tonsils and oropharynx
- Floor of the mouth
How is Oral Cancer Detected?
We’ll start the screening by feeling around your neck and jawbone for any unusual lumps. We’ll also inspect your mouth for white spots, red lesions, and other common signs of oral cancer.
If we discover any potential red flags, Dr. Kovacevic will take a sample and provide a definitive diagnosis. Typically, we can evaluate your case and deliver the results in roughly six weeks.
Once it’s confirmed that you have oral cancer, Dr. Kovacevic will discuss your potential treatment options and recommend any relevant specialists who can help you.
Visit Dr. Kovacevic for Oral Cancer Screenings
If you want to protect your long-term health and give yourself peace of mind, make sure you undergo an oral cancer screening at least once a year. Generally, we recommend having it done as part of your routine dental checkup, though you can always schedule a separate appointment if necessary.
When you’re dealing with a disease as deadly as oral cancer, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Call our practice at (724) 836-2433 and schedule your consultation with Dr. Kovacevic today.