What are some risk factors that contribute to oral cancer?
- Smoking or other tobacco use
- Alcohol consumption
- Excessive sun exposure
- Family history
How can I protect myself against oral cancers?
Be mindful of the risk factors that contribute to oral cancer and correct any behaviors associated with them. For instance, stop smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol in excess. Additionally, ask questions about your family’s history with oral cancer to know your genetic risks.
The American Dental Association recommends screenings for oral cancer at six-month checkups, regardless of the patient’s age. Following this suggestion, you should schedule regular checkups with Dr. Gross. Between checkups, if you notice changes in your oral tissues, such as mouth ulcers that don’t heal within a few weeks come in for an oral cancer exam. The examination is quick and does not cause any discomfort. Dr. Gross will check the outside of your throat, face, and mouth for hard lumps, and he’ll assess your tongue and soft oral tissues for white or red lesions.
Dr. Gross may also use special light technology to illuminate suspicious sub-surface tissue abnormalities that are not visible to the naked eye. This technology helps us diagnose oral cancer in its earliest stages, which can ultimately save the life of the patient. If Dr. Gross suspects you might have oral cancer, he will perform a biopsy of the suspicious region. The biopsy will then be reviewed at a lab. Depending on the results of the biopsy, additional treatment may be necessary.
Free Corporate Oral Cancer Screenings:
We offer on-site screening at your company. Contact your Human Resources Department to have this service at your company.