Oral Cancer Screenings

Early Mouth Cancer Diagnosis

Dr. Anast emphasizes the importance of providing oral cancer screenings to his patients. He is certified to detect and properly diagnose oral cancer.

Oral cancer, also known as mouth cancer, is where cancerous cells are found on the lips, tongue, gums, inner lining of the mouth, jaw or upper throat area. There are a number of symptoms of oral cancer that start to appear early on, including abnormal sores or color changes in tissues of your mouth, lips and tongue that haven’t gone away after 2-3 weeks. Also, if you detect any lumps and swellings in or around your month, contact Dr. Anast for an exam. Early diagnosis is extremely important.

Oral cancer can happen to anyone but is most developed by men. Those who smoke cigarettes, cigars or pipe smokers are six times more likely than nonsmokers to develop oral cancer, as well as users of dip, snuff or chewing tobacco. Oral cancer can also occur in those who are excessive alcoholic drinks, who are exposed excessively to the sun or it can be genetic. However, it is important to note that anyone can get oral cancer.

Treatment success depends on the size, type and stage of the cancer. In most cases, small cancerous tumors are removed along with a small ring of healthy tissue that surrounded it and radiation or chemotherapy is then delivered to kill off any remaining cancerous cells.

Dr. Anast and his team provide comprehensive, high quality dental care for families including oral cancer screenings. We make sure to understand your concerns and answer your questions fully, as well as take the time to fully diagnose any oral health problems.

Contact our dental office for more information.