Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral Cancer Screenings for Patients of All Ages in Roanoke, VA

Oral Cancer Screening Dentist - Roanoke, VA | Dr. R. Alan May, DDS - screeningNow offering an effective screening for oral cancer, every visit.

Oral cancer is not as widely known as other types of cancer, but that doesn’t mean that it’s any less dangerous. Statistics show that one American dies every hour from oral cancer, and this rate has not decreased in nearly forty years. It's important to know that a very easy screening can detect any unusual tissue or symptoms of oral cancer. With early detection, there is a 90% cure rate! We are here to help you stay healthy, and at every six-month appointment and cleaning, we provide this screening at no extra charge to all our new and existing patients.

What lifestyle choices is oral cancer linked to?

Like many other forms of cancer, smoking and heavy alcohol use are highly linked to cases of oral cancer. However, even more so is this relevant for oral cancer, considering that cigarette smoke begins its journey into your body through your mouth. Cigarettes have thousands of chemicals in them, and when they linger in your mouth, it’s easy to see how they can cause oral cancer. Heavy alcohol use, on the other hand, reduces the number of antioxidants to ward off infection. When used in tandem, smoking and heavy alcohol use increase the likelihood of oral cancer by a multitude.

What are some common symptoms of oral cancer?

Oral cancer patients experience mouth sores that refuse to heal, lumps in the mouth, patches inside the mouth, and even ulcers. Pain is another common symptom, and it can be found in the mouth, ears, and face. Swallowing can become difficult, as lymph nodes increase in size.

When should I start being screened for oral cancer?

After the age of 18, oral cancer should be screened for annually. The test is painless and straightforward, as Dr. May examines your oral tissues, lips, and gums for any sign of infection. With a test as easy as this, everyone should be screened for oral cancer!

When it comes to oral cancer, being proactive is the best defense. Contact our office today to learn more about our oral cancer screenings and to schedule an appointment!