Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer is cancer that occurs in the mouth. It usually affects the lips and the tongue, but can occur anywhere in the mouth. The most common type of oral cancer is squamous cell carcinoma, a form of cancer that may spread quite quickly.  It affects men twice as often as women, in particular, men over the age of 40. 

At Carmichael Healthcare, we believe in screening everyone for oral cancer.  As part of your regular exams, we do an extensive assessment of your head and neck, in addition to looking for abnormalities in your mouth. 

The following are factors that may put you at higher risk for developing oral cancer:

  • Smoking and the use of other tobacco products
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Excessive exposure to sun on your lips
  • Infection with the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
  • A personal history of previous oral cancer
  • Poor diet
  • Use of Betel nuts  (nuts commonly chewed in Asia)