Mouth, Tongue & Throat Cancer Screenings
Feel at ease with our mouth, tongue and throat cancer screenings on the Central Coast.
First the good news – when detected early, mouth, tongue and throat cancer has an impressive 90 per cent survival rate.
However, it’s important to understand that oral cancer rates have been increasing over recent years and mouth, tongue and throat cancer is becoming a greater concern in our modern society.
When do I need an oral cancer screening?
Oral cancer produces minimal symptoms in its early stages. It’s important to take mouth, tongue and throat cancer very seriously and book regular screening appointments at our Central Coast clinic. Even if you are experiencing no symptoms at all, we recommend still scheduling an oral cancer screening appointment at least once per year.
How is oral cancer detected?
Our expert dentists use a state of the art laser light called Identafi® to diagnose mouth, tongue and throat cancer. The dentist will examine your month using light in three different wavelengths that will reveal any any abnormal cells that may require further investigation by an oral or maxillofacial surgeon.
We’ll also gently examine the lymph nodes in your neck to identify any lumps or swelling. It’s a painless, non-invasive procedure and can be easily completed at our Central Coast practice.
What symptoms should I watch out for?
Early stage oral cancer usually presents minimal or no symptoms, which is why it’s important to schedule an annual mouth, tongue and throat cancer screening even if you are experiencing no symptoms.
Early detection and treatment is vital, so if you notice lesions that don’t heal within a few weeks, begin to have difficulty swallowing or feel like you have something stuck in your throat, notice changes to your voice, feel lumps or rough areas in your mouth, see red or white patches of tissue, or experience changes in your natural bite or the fit of your dentures, it’s important to schedule an immediate oral cancer screening at our Central Coast practice.