Oral & Cancer Screening
According to the American Cancer Society, over 30,000 cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year. Fortunately, oral cancer can be diagnosed with an annual cancer exam provided by Dr. Colaruotolo. If caught early, oral cancer can be effectively treated.
Oral cancer is a pathologic process, which begins by producing no symptoms making it hard to recognize without an exam. The most common form of oral cancer typically originates in the lip and the tissue inside the mouth. There are many other places in which oral cancers occur, including: the tongue, salivary glands, throat, gums, and face.
What to Expect from an Oral Cancer Exam
The oral cancer examination is completely painless. During your complete exam, Dr. Colaruotolo will look for abnormalities and feel the face, glands, and neck for unusual bumps. Some of the signs that will be investigated are red patches and sores. Red patches on the floor of the mouth, or the front of the tongue, and bleeding sores which fail to heal easier, can be indicative of cancerous changes. Leukoplakia is a hardened white or gray, slightly raised lesion that can appear inside the mouth, and may be cancerous. Signs of these will be examined as well. Finally, soreness, lumps or the general thickening of tissue anywhere in the throat or mouth can signal pathologic signs, and will be examined.
If abnormalities, lesions, lumps, or leukoplakia are apparent, Dr. Colaruotolo will implement a treatment plan that is right for you. Treatment options vary according to the precise diagnosis.
It is also important to note that over 75% of oral cancers are linked with avoidable behaviors such as smoking, tobacco use, and excessive alcohol consumption. Dr. Colaruotolo can discuss this with you and options about quitting these behaviors.