Should You Get Screened for Oral Cancer?

April 7, 2015 7:09 PM

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Should You Get Screened for Oral Cancer?

About 40,000 Americans will be diagnosed this year with oral cancer, a form of head and neck cancer found inside the mouth, including on the tongue, floor of the mouth, and cheeks. Oral cancer can be deadly; historically, the cure rates for oral cancers diagnosed in advanced stages have been very low. That's why finding them early is so important.

Screening through clinical examination of the oral cavity is one tool we use for early detection of oral cancer, particularly in groups at higher risk. While the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recently found insufficient evidence to recommend screening of the general population by primary car...

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