Oral Cancer Screenings – Castle Rock, CO
Expert Prevention and Detection for Children
Dentists alone find 84% of oral cancers early on, making oral cancer screenings in Castle Rock an important part of your child’s routine checkup. While they don’t have as much of a risk as adults, we still check for this problem so if there is cancer, we can detect it before it becomes life-threatening. Dr. Layne Benzley and his team are experienced in detecting the warning signs of oral cancer.
The Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer
There are many signs and symptoms of oral cancer, but unfortunately, most of them are hard to detect with an untrained eye. Thankfully, Dr. Benzley can thoroughly check for symptoms of oral cancer like:
- Red or white lesions in the mouth
- Swelling, thickening, lumps, or rough spots
- Numbness or loss of feeling in or around the mouth
- Unexplained bleeding
- Pain or tenderness
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing
- Sores in or around the mouth that won’t heal
- Difficulty moving the jaw or tongue
- Chronic sore throat or change in voice
- Pain in the ears
If you or your child notices or feels any of these symptoms, contact our office right away. We may recommend a biopsy for further investigation, which is the first step towards stopping cancer in its tracks.
Why We Check Children for Oral Cancer
While chances are incredibly slim for a child to get oral cancer, we still provide oral cancer screenings because it is a possibility. Even though they don’t use tobacco products or smoke, their small chance of getting oral cancer is worth checking. When oral cancer is detected early on, there’s a much higher chance of a full recovery rate.
What Your Child Can Expect During Their Oral Cancer Screening
Your child’s oral cancer screening only takes a few minutes as a part of their routine appointment. It’s noninvasive, so they will remain happy and comfortable throughout the process. Dr. Benzley will examine your son or daughter’s mouth, jaw, neck, head, lips, cheeks, gums, tongue, and throat for any cancerous tissue or abnormalities. Because these signs are hard to detect, this visual examination is paramount to the health of your kid.