Oral Cancer Screening is a routine examination that is done at each visit. There isn’t an extra charge for this screening as it’s our responsibility as health professionals to detect any abnormalities. We also educate our clients about the importance of following up with a dentist and doctor for any visual lesions, lumps or bumps that may be observed during their dental cleaning appointment.
The first step in screening for oral cancer is the completion of a patient history, which should include review of:
- General health history including a list of current medications and medication allergies
- Oral habits and lifestyle, with particular reference to quantity, frequency and duration of tobacco use and alcohol consumption
- Symptoms of oral pain or discomfort
Extra oral examination:
- Inspect the head and neck region for asymmetry, tenderness or swelling.
- Palpate the submandibular, neck and supraclavicular regions for lymph nodes, paying particular attention to size, number, tenderness and mobility.
- Inspect and palpate the lips and perioral tissues for abnormalities.
- Systematically inspect and palpate all oral soft tissues, paying particular attention to the high-risk sites for the development of oral cancer including the lateral and ventral aspects of the tongue, floor of mouth and the soft palate complex.