In Canada, approximately 1,250 people die from oral cancer each year. And unlike many other cancers, the survival rate has remained quite stagnant for several decades.
One of the reasons why the mortality rate is so high is due to oral cancer often being found at a late stage. Often displaying no early warning signs to patients, this increases the risk of someone developing further tumors.
Thankfully, however, our oral cancer exam in Toronto can detect it early.
Oral cancer (also known as mouth cancer) is a tumor that develops in the cells of the mouth. This may be on the roof of the mouth, the insides of the cheeks, or on the tongue, gum, or lips.
These tumors can also develop at the back of the throat, in tonsils, or in glands – but these cases are less common.
Some signs include:
Our oral cancer screening involves a visual examination of the lips, face, neck, and oral cavity, followed by a physical examination of the jaw, head, and cheeks. We also use state-of-the-art technology (a VELscope) which emits a blue light to detect any abnormal oral tissues that might not be apparent to the naked eye.
As you can see, oral cancer examinations can help save your life, and they only take a few minutes out of your day. And as we now understand so much more about oral cancer, we can catch these signs early while keeping your oral health in optimum condition.