What is Oral Cancer Screening & Why Bother?
The examination that Drs. Bloomquist and Iregui perform by looking for cancer, or precancerous conditions is called an oral cancer screening. Generally, this is conducted during your routine dental visit. The examination consists of two forms of inspection: visual and physical.
The objective of this examination is to detect signs of mouth cancer or precancerous conditions in your mouth that may lead to mouth cancer. The reasoning behind this is because cancer and lesions are easiest to remove and most likely to be cured the sooner they are spotted.
Who is a Candidate for Oral Cancer Screening?
Drs. Bloomquist and Iregui’s patients can request an oral cancer screening at any time, or he might decide that it’s necessary as a result of your lifestyle choices.
Considerations that can make you more susceptible to oral cancer include:
Two-Part Examination Procedure
Oral cancer screening is a two-step process.
The first step is a visual inspection of your face, neck, lips, nose, and oral cavity. Drs. Bloomquist and Iregui will be looking for patches of odd color, swellings, ulcers, asymmetries, bumps, or other abnormalities. Along with those inspected areas, they might look at your inner cheeks, tonsils, gums, the roof of your mouth, under the tongue, and the throat.
The second step in the process is the physical portion of the examination. During this time, Drs. Bloomquist and Iregui will use his gloved hands to feel your mouth, cheeks, head, under the chin, and around the jaw. The reason the physical examination is important is that some abnormalities can only be detected by feeling—not by sight alone.