Oral Cancer Screening

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 28,000 cases of oral cancer are diagnosed annually, with more than 7,000 of these cases resulting in death. Oral cancer may occur on the mouth, lips, tongue, gums, salivary glands, and throat (oropharyngeal).

Oral cancer is diagnosed through a confirmed malignant biopsy and a clinical evaluation to identify the stage and grade of the cancer. Cancer is present when the basement membrane of the epithelium is broken. The cancer may eventually spread to other areas of the mouth and body, resulting in secondary cancers that may yield even more serious consequences.

In order to determine the “path” of the cancer, the doctor may perform additional tests, including an X-ray, CT scan (computerized tomography) or MRI Scan (magnetic resonance imaging). Ultrasounds may be used to establish the contour, consistency and composition of the cancerous mass or masses. In the end, your doctor and dentist will develop a treatment plan based on supporting diagnostic tests.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation you can call us today at (503) 644-1953, you may also send us a quick note. For directions to our Dentist office in Beaverton Oregon.

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Beaverton Dental Office:
503-644-1953

Morelli Dentistry Beaverton
12755 SW 2nd St.
Beaverton, OR 97005

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