Oral Cancer can affect anyone regardless of their behavior. It is caused by cells making a mistake when duplicating, which gets copied and spread. Over time, it can cause growths, tumors, or spread to other body parts. It is important to diagnose it and get treatment as soon as possible.
We don’t want any of our patients in Covina, CA, to deal with this difficult disease at our dental office. We have always completed oral cancer screenings with regular preventive services like exams and cleanings to better treat individuals. The goal is to identify cancer earlier, so treatment can be initiated as soon as possible.
What Is An Oral Cancer Screening?
An oral cancer screening is when our dentist or hygienist examines the mouth and nearby tissues for cancerous or precancerous symptoms. To accomplish this, we use various tools to identify irregular tissues.
The dentist screening is conducted visually and tactilely. Dr. Cohen will take a tissue sample and send it to a microscopic evaluation laboratory if irregular areas are noted. The results are generally returned in a few days.
Who Needs a Screening?
Anyone can be affected by oral cancer, including children. We complete dental cancer screening on all of our patients at least once a year in our office. Some people are more at risk. We recommend our patients who meet any of the following conditions come to see us at Jeffrey L. Cohen DDS as soon as possible: