Oral Cancer Screenings – Gramercy Park, NY
Expert Detection in a Matter of Minutes
Oral cancer has increased each of the last 16 years, making it a more common problem than ever. Even those who have never used tobacco or cigarettes can be affected by oral cancer, which is why we provide thorough screenings in Gramercy Park. Dr. Ira Newman is experienced in detecting oral cancer early on to give you your best chance at a full recovery. We never want to catch cancer but detecting it in its earlier stages can save your life. Keep reading to learn more about oral cancer and what we check for during a routine screening.
Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer
One of the reasons why we provide oral cancer screenings is because the symptoms are often hard to detect on your own. However, you should contact our office if you notice any of these warning signs:
- Red or white lesions in your mouth
- Numb spots in or around your mouth
- Lumps or bumps on or beneath soft tissue
- Sores that bleed easily or won’t heal
- Pain in your ears
- Persistent sore throat
What Does My Dentist Look for During a Screening?
With 53,000 people diagnosed with oral cancer this year, Dr. Newman is on the lookout for common warning signs. He will check your head and mouth for any symptoms that could tip off oral cancer. He never looks forward to finding cancer, but he takes pride in saving patients from more severe health issues or worse by catching it early. If he does detect a sign of cancer, he may order a biopsy for further investigation. Dentists alone catch 84% of oral cancers early on, making this quick and easy part of your routine checkup potentially life-saving.
What Should I Expect During an Oral Cancer Screening?
During the screening, Dr. Newman will provide a visual and physical examination. He will visually check your mouth, lips, cheeks, tongue, throat, gums, neck, and head for any abnormalities. He will also physically examine around your jawbone to check for any lumps or bumps that may occur, especially around your lymph nodes. This process in total only takes a matter of minutes, making this simple check well worth your time.