Oral Cancer Screening

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A Simple Process for the Enhanced Visualization of Oral Mucosal Abnormalities.

WHAT IS ORAL CANCER SCREENING?

Screening is looking for cancer before a person has any symptoms. This can help find cancer at an early stage. When abnormal tissue or cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat. By the time symptoms appear, cancer may have begun to spread.

Scientists are trying to better understand which people are more likely to get certain types of cancer. They also study the things we do and the things around us to see if they cause cancer. This information helps doctors recommend who should be screened for cancer, which screening tests should be used, and how often the tests should be done.

It is important to remember that your doctor does not necessarily think you have cancer if he or she suggests a screening test. Screening tests are given when you have no cancer symptoms.

If a screening test result is abnormal, you may need to have more tests done to find out if you have cancer. These are called diagnostic tests.

Cancer is unregulated growth of body cells. If the growth is classified as malignant, it means that the growth can spread across various areas in the body and can usually harm them. Oral cancer usually refers to cancer affecting the mouth and its various parts. There are various things which have the potential to induce cancerous growth in the body. If detected at an early stage they can be treated using various ways including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy. Possible surgical procedures include tumor removal, glossectomy (removal of the tongue), neck dissection (to remove cancer from lymph nodes), and more. The surgical procedure chosen depends on the location of the cancer and its severity. Your oncologist will decide the best suitable treatment for you after diagnosis. If the diagnostic results are positive then treatment should not be delayed.