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Oral Cancer Screenings


A woman looking in the mirror checking her cheek with her hand in West Linn, OR.Roane Family Dental provides patients with oral cancer screenings as part of our comprehensive dental care. Oral cancer is increasingly common in the West and poses a significant health risk. Preventing oral cancer, including with regular oral cancer screenings, is important for ensuring a healthy future for you and your loved ones.

What is Oral Cancer?


Oral cancer, as with all forms of cancer, is characterized by the growth of abnormal cells which damage tissues and can ultimately be fatal if left untreated. Common symptoms of oral cancer include discolored patches on the gums. Numbness often accompanies cancerous growth. Sore throat, especially ones that persist for long periods without other noticeable reason, are another sign that oral cancer may be developing. Cancer cells often cause inflammation, which is visible.

What Causes Oral Cancer?


A variety of factors contribute to the growth of cancer cells in the mouth. Smoking and chewing tobacco (dip) are proven to cause oral cancer as well as other cancers. Excessive alcohol use is another risk factor. If it worth noting that, although certain lifestyle practices can contribute to oral cancer, many people who do not smoke or drink develop oral cancer. Some people are genetically predisposed to cancer, so if it runs in your family you should be extra careful about routine cancer screenings.

How Do We Perform Oral Cancer Screenings?


It is possible to conduct your preliminary self-examination using a bright light to examine your mouth to check for any swelling or lumps. However, this kind of self-examination is not very accurate. If you feel there is anything to be concerned about, you should come into our office for a professional opinion. Our dentists visually examine all areas that can contain cancerous growth, looking for any unusual signs such as lumps or discoloration. This includes the mouth, face, and neck. If he or she notices anything unusual, the dentist may order a biopsy.

A biopsy is the removal of a tiny amount of tissue to be examined in a laboratory, which is the only way to conclusively prove the existence of oral cancer. The American Cancer Society has set a standard for patients over thirty to receive oral cancer screenings at least once a year. We specialize in making these procedures and painless as possible, anesthetizing patients when necessary and using the most advanced tools and technology. We prioritize your comfort and safety.

What is the Outlook for Oral Cancer?


In a scenario where a biopsy confirms the presence of oral cancer, acting quickly can greatly improve your chances of recovery. Specialists in the treatment of cancer called oncologists have several methods for treating oral cancer, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. Reconstructive surgery after treatment can help rehabilitate function and improve appearance.

To schedule your oral cancer screenings, contact Roane Family Dental at (503) 974-0464. We will take the time to discuss all aspects of oral cancer diagnosis and treatment, starting with your oral cancer screenings. Don’t wait to protect your health with a visit to our office.

I adore Dr. Roane and his staff.

"I have been a patient here for 10 years, since he started this practice. He has fixed my chipped front teeth twice, most recently this week. He is truly an artist and such a nice guy! My teeth look natural and healthy again. As always, the procedure was painless, quick, and professional. The office is clean, the front office is efficient, and everyone is friendly.

Dr. Roane even opened the clinic on New Year's Day a few years ago to treat my daughter's dry socket after she had her wisdom teeth pulled. I will always be grateful for that, and will remain a loyal patient here even though I moved to Tigard 2 years ago."
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