An oral cancer screening is designed to detect early signs of an abnormality before the disease can spread. Oral cancer affects over 5100 Australia each year and is one of the most common cancers globally. When detected early enough (stages 1 to 2), oral cancer is easily treatable and has a survival rate of between 70% to 90%.

Oral Cancer Screening

Did you know that the risks of developing oral cancer are increased by 75% in tobacco smokers and those who heavily consume alcohol? Although, that doesn’t exclude non-smokers or non-drinkers who are prone to other oral cancer risks.

Attending a regular check-up with your dentist for an oral cancer screening can help to detect early signs and symptoms of the disease, and increase your chances of recovery.

If you haven’t been for a check-up in a while, it’s time to book in with the team at Kelmscott Dental. Call us on (08) 9496 7999 or book an appointment online.

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How is Oral Cancer Diagnosed?

An oral cancer screening is painless and will often be included as part of your regular dental check-up. It involves a visual and physical exam where your dentist will check for any red or white patches, abnormal spots which might appear inside the mouth, on the lips, soft tissue, tongue and palate.

Fluorescent lighting may also be used to give your dentist a better view of your mouth. They may also press their fingers around the mouth to feel for hard lumps or swollen spots.

If your dentist discovers something abnormal, they may refer you for a biopsy or a second opinion with an oral medicine specialist.  While oral cancer is serious, it’s important to remember that it can be easily treated when detected in its early stages.

What are the Risks of Oral Cancer?

Your risk of developing oral cancer increases with the following factors:

  • Tobacco use

  • Excessive alcohol consumption

  • HPV (Human papilloma virus)

  • Older age (over 40 years)

  • Poor diet

Less common risk factors also include poor oral hygiene, obesity, sun exposure (linked to lip cancer), a weakened immune system and genetics.

What are the Symptoms of Oral Cancer?

Signs and symptoms of oral cancer may include but are not limited to:

  • Red and white sores

  • Hard lumps or swollen patches

  • Asymmetrical features on the inside and outside of the mouth

  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing

  • Loose teeth

  • Sore throat or mouth pain

  • Bad breath

People who are diagnosed with oral cancer won’t always have symptoms. This is why it’s vital to keep dental check-ups every 6 to 12 months. Your dentist can screen for oral cancer as part of your regular appointment and help you to catch it early.

Book an Oral Cancer Screening in Kelmscott

If you have questions about oral cancer or would like to book a comprehensive examination, call Kelmscott Dental on (08) 9495 7999 or book online.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I get an oral cancer screening?

An annual oral cancer screening is recommended for everyone over the age of 40 years and every three years for those aged between 20 and 39 years old.

How much does an oral cancer screening cost?

An oral cancer screening is included in your comprehensive oral examination with the dentist.

How accurate is an oral cancer diagnosis?

Diagnosing oral cancer can be complicated. A clinical assessment takes into consideration your specific risk factors (age, history of smoking or alcohol use, HPV, poor diet) and uses special light technology designed to detect changes in the mouth that can’t be seen with the naked eye. If your dentist or doctor suspects you have oral cancer, they may refer you to an oral medicine specialist for a second opinion or biopsy to confirm a diagnosis.


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