Professional Oral Cancer Screenings
During every dental checkup and cleaning, Dr. Browne will perform a comprehensive screening to look for changes and abnormalities in your oral tissues that could indicate oral cancer. A collective term, oral cancer can mean cancer of the mouth, throat, tongue, esophagus, and virtually any other oral structure.
Every year, approximately 40,000 people are newly diagnosed with oral cancer in the United States. Each year, the disease claims the lives of over 8,000. Early detection is the key to successful treatment, making regular oral cancer screenings an important part of overcoming the disease if it develops.
How to Screen for Oral Cancer at Home
Between your professional checkups and oral cancer screenings, we advise performing a self-examination at home at least once a month. Standing in front of a well-lit mirror, open your mouth wide and look for;
- Rough patches of skin on your cheeks, palate, or other tissues
- White or red patches that may or may not itch
- Changes in the color and/or texture of your tongue
- Sores that do not heal after several days
- Ulcers, growths, lesions, and other abnormalities, especially if they bleed
Defeat Oral Cancer by Catching It Early
If you also notice that chewing and/or swallowing have become difficult, or that you consistently exhibit a sore, painful throat, then call Dr. Browne and schedule an examination as soon as possible by calling Dr. Browne’s dental office in Prairie Village, KS, today at (913) 901-8585. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Leawood, Mission Hills, Lenxa, Kansas City, Olathe, and all surrounding communities.