Oral Cancer Screenings

It’s estimated by the American Cancer Society that 42,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year. The risk factors for oral cancer don’t just include alcohol or tobacco use anymore. Rather, viruses such as HPV are causing even younger victims to be clenched by the grips of oral cancer. To combat these statistics, Dr. Ryan R. Love conducts routine oral cancer screenings on each and every patient that comes into our office.

Early diagnosis is the key

Most oral cancer cases are not found until symptoms are so advanced that the patient finds them on their own. At this point, treatment is much more difficult. Finding abnormal and precancerous tissue areas while they are as small as possible is extremely important.

Abnormal tissues may include:

  • Irregular tissue that is present on one side of the mouth
  • Tissue that is dramatically more red or white than surrounding tissue
  • Irregular texture, borders, or shape of lesions in the mouth
  • Sores that do not heal within 2 weeks
Should an abnormal tissue be detected, Dr. Love will see the patient for a follow up re-evaluation, or suggest a small biopsy for clinical diagnosis.