Oral cancer can have long-lasting dental and physiological effects. Early detection is crucial for minimizing risks and reducing long-term effects. A biopsy is a process where a sample of your mouth tissue is tested for cancer. Our dentists have years of experience offering quality dental care and oral cancer treatment at AVA Dentistry.
Most recent statistics for the prevalence of mouth cancer in the US show that approximately 54,000 new cases of oropharyngeal or oral cavity cancer are reported yearly, with deaths of about 11,230 patients.
More than half of the patients are diagnosed at the later stages of the disease. Severe cases at phase IV are more likely to result in complications and even death.
The principal risk factor for cancer is alcohol and tobacco use. Smoking exposes cancerous tissues in your mouth to carcinogenic compounds. Heavy consumption of alcohol irritates the cells in your oral cavity.
Lip exposure to sunlight also increases the risk of mouth cancer. Sunscreen can minimize exposure and risk of cancerous growth.
The early signs of oral cancer are not always easy to discern. However, it is best to visit our biopsy clinic in Brantford for a checkup if you notice symptoms. Symptoms may include:
Our dental hygienist will examine your mouth for white and red patches and lesions. It also involves a physical exam of your neck and throat to check for lumps. A dentist shines light inside your mouth to check for abnormal tissue growth.
The dental specialist may decide to conduct further tests. A sample is taken to the lab to provide more data for oral cancer screening. Our dentist will schedule follow-up visits to check the progress of the growth. A biopsy test is needed when mouth tissues are suspected of having cancerous cells. Contact AVA Dentistry to schedule an appointment today!