During an oral cancer screening, Dr Gadol will examine the inside and outside of the mouth for any signs of oral cancer. Cancer appears in different forms – sometimes red, sometimes white, or sometimes a combination of the two. If you have an ulcer or area that looks suspicious and does not go away within 7 days, it is imperative that you come in for an exam. As with most cancers, the greatest likelihood of successfully treating oral cancer depends on an early diagnosis. Dentists also occasionally detect suspicious areas on the face and lips that may be skin cancer, which is important because some people see their dentist more frequently than their medical doctors.
An oral cancer screening is complimentary at the time of any examination.