Oral Cancer Exams & Biopsies
Any visit to our office includes an oral cancer exam. However, you are the most important factor in an early diagnosis of a change you notice in or around your mouth. You should look for: A sore or lesion in the mouth that does not heal within two weeks.
- A lump or thickening in the cheek
- A white or red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsil, or lining of the mouth
- A sore throat or a feeling that something is caught in the throat
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing
- Difficulty moving the jaw or tongue
- Numbness of the tongue or other area of the mouth
- Swelling of the jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly or become uncomfortable
These symptoms may be caused by other, less serious problems, but they also indicate the possible presence of oral cancer. After the physical examination of your mouth, if we find any areas that are suspicious, we may recommend a biopsy. This is simply taking a small portion of the suspicious tissue that is sent to an oral pathologist for examination under a microscope.