Oral Cancer Screenings – East Longmeadow, MA
Protect Yourself from Oral Cancer Today
Oral cancer is a growing problem in America that at least one person succumbs to every hour of the day. Unfortunately, the disease shows no signs of slowing down, as there are over 50,000 new diagnoses each year. With early detection, though, the chances of successful treatment are encouragingly high, as 75% of the people with early identification and treatment can live past the five-year barrier. To make sure you’re protected, contact our East Longmeadow office today so Dr. Scannell can perform an oral cancer screening!
Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer
In addition to receiving an oral cancer screening in East Longmeadow, it also helps to be aware of some of the more common warning signs. If you notice any of the following, you should immediately contact our office to schedule a visit:
- Voice changes
- Loosening of the teeth
- Lump in the neck area
- Unexpected weight loss
- Mouth pain that never subsides
- Difficulty swallowing or chewing
- Persistent mouth sore that won’t heal
- Lump or thickening of the cheek tissue
- Jaw pain and difficulty opening your mouth
- Numbness in the tongue or other areas of the mouth
At the notice of any of these symptoms, there’s no need to have morbid thoughts because you have ways to fight back!
What Your Dentist Looks for During a Screening
To ensure you’re as safe as possible, when you visit for preventive care, Dr. Scannell will conduct your oral cancer screening in two parts: a visual assessment and a tactile examination. The former involves a search for any visible abnormalities like red or white sores, bumps or ulcerations.
Leaving nothing to chance, Dr. Scannell will then use his expert hands to examine the inside of the mouth, the jaw and around the neck for any lymph node swelling or other warning signs. Then, if any oddities are discovered, a cell sample will be collected and sent to a special laboratory to be tested.
What to Expect During Your Screening
The oral cancer screening process is fairly straight-forward, so you won’t need to make any special plans. You can expect Dr. Scannell to use the usual tools you might expect like a light, mirror and tongue depressor, but what really makes the difference is the years of experience that he brings to the table.
To get a general idea of your risk factors, you can expect to be asked questions in regard to the following:
- The type of diet you maintain
- Whether you’re a smoker or ex-smoker
- Whether you consume alcoholic beverages
- Any previous head or neck cancer diagnosis
Not only is receiving preventive care, which includes an oral cancer screening, important for your oral health, but it can also have a significant impact on your total wellness. So reach out to our East Longmeadow office today to schedule a six-month checkup so you can add years to your life and life to your years!