Oral Cancer Screenings in Berkeley, CA
Early Intervention Is Key
When treating cancer of any kind, early intervention is the key to beating it. That’s why your dentist is the best doctor to keep a lookout for any signs of throat or mouth cancer.
Screening for cancer is vital to catching disease in its infancy, often before symptoms have developed. When/if cancer is caught early, it can increase your chances of successful treatment and healing. During your biannual visit, your dentist can discuss your health history and examine you for signs of mouth and throat cancer along with cleaning your teeth. Regular visits to our Berkeley, CA office can ensure any signs can be spotted and treated immediately.
Early-stage cancer is the easiest to treat and remove. At Dailley Dental Care, we want to give our patients the best chance possible for remaining healthy. While it is possible for anyone to develop cancer, you may be at a higher risk if you:
- Smoke or use tobacco products
- Have a family history of cancer
- Have a previous cancer diagnosis
- Spend significant time exposed to the sun
Symptoms of Mouth or Throat Cancer
Your dentist isn’t the only person who can notice early signs of cancer. You should schedule an appointment at our Berkeley, CA office if you are experiencing any of the following:
- Sores that bleed easily or do not heal
- A thick or hard spot or lump
- Roughened or crusted area in your mouth
- Numbness, pain, or tenderness
- A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite down
Tell your dentist about any problems you notice having when chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving your tongue or jaw. At Dailley Dental Care in Berkeley, our dentist will conduct a thorough oral cancer screening, including a VizLite scan, during your comprehensive exam.