Oral Cancer Screenings in Florham Park, NJ
The mouth’s interior is normally lined with a special type of skin (mucosa) that’s smooth and coral pink in color. Any changes in how this skin looks could be a warning sign for a pathological process, the most serious of which is oral cancer.
The following can all be signs of a pathology or cancerous growth:
- Reddish patches (erythroplasia) or whitish patches (leukoplakia) in the mouth
- A sore that bleeds easily and doesn’t heal
- A lump or thickening on the skin lining the inside of the mouth
- Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing
These changes can be detected on the lips, cheeks, palate, and gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face, and/or neck. Pain doesn’t always occur and, curiously, is not often associated with oral cancer. However, any patient with facial and/or oral pain that doesn’t have an obvious cause may be at risk for oral cancer.
We recommend an oral cancer self-examination every month. And remember: Your mouth is one of your body's most important warning systems. Do not ignore suspicious lumps or sores. Instead, please contact our dental office so we may help.
Back to Services