Oral Cancer Screenings: What You Need to Know
Dentists perform oral cancer screening to find indications of cancer in the mouth at an early stage. Oral cancer or mouth cancer is defined as any cancer in or around the mouth, including the lips. Like all cancers, oral cancer is more likely to be cured if it is detected early. Oral cancer screening is a simple procedure, but not all dental professionals agree on whether it or not it is useful. Some dentists do recommend it, especially for patients who are at higher risk for oral cancer. This includes smokers and tobacco users, people with frequent sun exposure, people who consume alcohol heavily and anyone who has ever been diagnosed with oral cancer in the past.
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