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Oral Cancer Screenings – Fort Worth, TX

Detecting Issues Now for a Healthy Future

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Oral cancer is a serious issue that can develop in and around your mouth. A lot of its symptoms are hard to detect, which is why we offer oral cancer screenings during your routine checkups. Dr. Gary N. Pointer is experienced in catching problems before they become more serious. Oral cancer has a high recovery rate if it’s caught in its earlier stages, making a quick and easy oral cancer screening in Fort Worth potentially lifesaving. Keep reading to learn more about oral cancer and what you can expect during a routine screening.

Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer

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Because catching oral cancer early on can lead to a full recovery, it’s important to know what the warning signs are. Call our office as soon as possible if you notice any of these symptoms:

  • Lumps on the surface or beneath soft tissue
  • White or red lesions in your mouth
  • Difficulty swallowing or chewing
  • Sores on, in, or around your mouth that won’t heal
  • Spots in your mouth that feel numb
  • Persistent sore throat
  • Pain in your ears

What Should I Expect During My Oral Cancer Screening?

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Dr. Pointer will thoroughly examine your mouth to detect any issues while they are still small. He will carefully check your entire mouth for cancerous tissue and any other commons signs to determine whether or not you may need a biopsy to further investigate potential cancer. He will check your head, mouth, tongue, cheeks, gums, and throat for any visual irregularities. After, he will perform a physical evaluation, where he will gently feel the lymph nodes that are around your jaw and neck to make sure there aren’t any lumps or bumps that tip off oral cancer. He will also check your ears and jaw joints for any abnormal pain or discomfort.

Why Are Oral Cancer Screenings Important?

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Dentists alone catch 84% of oral cancers early on, which is why coming in to visit Dr. Pointer for a quick and easy screening is vital. While there are warning signs that can develop, many oral cancers are simply undetectable to the untrained eye. Dr. Pointer has the experience and training necessary to diagnose oral cancer and recommend the best steps moving forward.

It is especially important to receive routine screenings if you have any of the following risk factors:

  • Routine smoking or use of tobacco
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Family or personal history of oral cancer
  • Prolonged exposure to sunlight

When is the last time that you were screened for oral cancer? Contact our office to receive an oral cancer screening at least once a year to ensure your health and safety.