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Oral Cancer Screening in Tucson, AZ

Oral cancer affects about 53,000 Americans every year, according to the American Cancer Society, and many go undiagnosed until symptoms are severe. Fortunately, our Tucson dentists can detect signs of oral cancer, which is very treatable in early stages and survival rate is high. If you’ve never been screened for oral cancer, we encourage you to call Desert Dental Group to book an appointment for a routine checkup and cleaning.

At Desert Dental Group, we encourage you to schedule a dental checkup today to be checked for signs of oral cancer. Contact us today at (520) 201-1717 to schedule an appointment.

How Is Oral Cancer Detected?

Your dentist will ask you about any symptoms you are experiencing, and then carefully examine your entire mouth. This includes the lips, tongue, tonsils, gums, floor and roof of the mouth, and inner cheeks. Your dentist will also ask about your tobacco use, as smoking is the leading cause of oral cancer. Other factors which contribute to oral cancer include older age, family history, poor oral hygiene, and alcoholism. Individuals infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV) are also at an increased risk.

Symptoms of oral cancer include:

  • Swelling
  • White or red patches
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Non-healing oral sores
  • Ear pain

If you are considered at risk for oral cancer or have suspicious lesions in your mouth, your dentist may recommend a follow-up visit within a few weeks to check for changes over time. Often, mouth sores are noncancerous. A biopsy may also be required to test for cancer cells. If you test positive for any form of oral cancer, we can refer you to an oncologist for prompt treatment.

Call our Tucson dentists today at (520) 201-1717 to schedule your first appointment.

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