Why should I have regular oral cancer screenings?
At Grand Dental Arts in Toms River, New Jersey, Dr. Colleen Williamson, and her team educate patients on maintaining healthy smiles. This also means regularly screening for oral cancer. Oral cancer screenings are an essential part of a dental evaluation at our office, checking for signs of early cancer that can be treated in the earliest stages.
What is an oral cancer screening?
An oral cancer screening is a medical procedure used to look for signs of cancer in the mouth. The mouth is one of the most common places for cancer to develop, so it is vital to have regular screenings to catch any potential problems early. During an oral cancer screening, Dr. Williamson will examine the mouth for any abnormal growths or changes in the tissue. If anything suspicious is found, a biopsy may be ordered to confirm whether or not cancer is present.
What can be done about oral cancer?
If oral cancer is found in earlier stages, it can be treated effectively. Treatment options include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. The type of treatment best for each individual will depend on the stage of cancer and the patient’s overall health. Many people can successfully overcome oral cancer with early detection and effective treatment.
When should I get an oral cancer screening?
Oral cancer screenings are highly recommended for every adult over 18. If you have any risk factors for developing oral cancer, such as smoking or excessive alcohol use, you may need to be screened more frequently. Additionally, if you notice any changes in your mouth, such as a sore that does not heal or a lump, it is advised that you book an appointment for an evaluation as soon as possible.
How do I schedule an oral cancer screening?
Dr. Colleen Williamson of Toms River, NJ, encourages patients to have regular oral cancer screenings done, typically at the same time as their routine cleaning and evaluations. Call 732-286-7000 to request an appointment at our office, conveniently located at 14 Grand Avenue. We are proud to serve area patients in the surrounding communities of Lavallette, Ocean Gate, and Bayville.