During your initial consultation with Dr. DeAndrade and Dr. Allen, they will be thoroughly investigating your mouth for any signs of oral cancer. During the examination the doctors will look inside your mouth and be checking for mouth sores or white and red patches. They will feel around the mouth tissue to see whether there is any skin abnormality or odd lumps. If our doctors find any unusual sore which can be of concern then it would be necessary to make further examinations to determine the cause. The most effective single way to conclude whether you are suffering from oral cancer is to take a few abnormal cells and test them for cancer through a process called biopsy. This can be performed in house at either our Henderson Office or at our Summerlin office in Las Vegas.
We perform a cancer screening on every patient that visits us. We feel it is another way that we go above and beyond for each new patient that we see. This small extra step could save the life of any unknowing patient that may have been at risk for this deadly disease.
Who Should Visit Us For Oral Cancer Screenings?
Aside from screening every patient that visits our office, no matter their individual reason for visiting Anthem, some people may find it beneficial to see us specifically for an oral cancer screening. People who have a greater danger of oral cancer are more probable to benefit from this screening process. There are a few factors that enhance the risk aspect which includes:
- Regular user of tobacco like snuff, cigars, cigarettes, and chewing tobacco.
- Heavy use of alcohol
- Diagnosed earlier with oral cancer
If any of the above scenarios are familiar to you, then it could be in your best interest to schedule a visit with us at Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants. You must always remember the ideal way to reduce the risk factor is to completely eliminate the risks which are known risks such as not consuming alcohol and taking steps to quit smoking.