Routine oral cancer screening procedure is performed at our office for our patients to find any suspicious lesion in the mouth at its early stages. Routine dental visits are recommended to all patients, even if they are wearing dentures, to protect and prevent against oral pathologies. Any suspicious lesion is treated thoroughly and/or biopsied if it does not respond to the initial treatment.
Oral cavity and oropharynx cancers account for about 2.9 percent of all cancers diagnosed in the U.S. and 1.6 percent of cancer deaths. If found in early stages, they have a much better prognosis. Alcohol, smoking, and certain types of HPV are considered risk factors for oral cancers.
The picture shows gingival overgrowth in a patient taking cyclosporine.