Oral Cancer Screening
Everett, WA

An Oral Cancer Screening is a quick painless visual examination that should be done annually for our patients over 40 years of age, and every three years for our patients under 40 years of age. Your screening generally occurs during your dental exam. Oral Cancer is most commonly spotted by your dentist even before your medical doctor. Dr. Tufarolo will evaluate for any signs that may indicate possible mouth cancer, tongue cancer, tonsil cancer, or throat cancer. It is always best to catch possible cancer indications early, the earlier the better.

Oral Cancer Risk Factors

There are a number of reasons a person may develop oral cancer, there may be physical factors, chemical factors or lifestyle factors that can increase your susceptibility. Some risk factors include:
•  Age, the largest risk factor, most oral cancer patients are over the age of 40.
•  Genetics, there are certain genetic markers that are going to increase the chances of developing oral cancer.
•  HPV, also known as the Human Papillomavirus, is known as the leading cause for oral cancer.
•  Tobacco, both smoking tobacco and chewing tobacco increase your risks of developing oral cancer.
•  Alcohol consumption has been known to increase your risk to develop oral cancer.

At Jeff Tufarolo,DDS, we have incorporated your oral cancer screening into every routine dental exam. Mouth related cancers are not a highly common form of cancer but it is as common as cervical cancer and can have equally frightening results. Your screening is a visual inspection in which Dr. Tufarolo will look for anything unusual or for abnormalities that appear questionable.

Signs and Symptoms of Possible Oral Cancer:

During your dental examination, Dr. Tufarolo will use a scope to look for signs or symptoms that may indicate a problem. Your screening will consist of careful examination all areas of your mouth including your, lips, tongue, palate, soft gum tissues, and your cheek lining. He may then ask you for further information or suggest a more indepth appointment with your medical doctor. He will look for the following signs:

•  Ulcers or sores
•  Atypical lumps
•  Tissue with unusual coloring
•  Unexplained pain or difficulty swallowing
•  Numbness in your mouth or lips
•  Swollen tonsils
•  Constant coughing
•  Hoarse voice
•  Unexplained persistent earache

How can I prevent Oral Cancer?

There are some ways you can decrease your risk for oral cancer. To do what you can to prevent oral cancer, we recommend our patients to abstain from tobacco, either smoking it or chewing it. Limit your alcohol consumption, binge drinking poses significant problems. Receive an HPV immunization, this will protect yourself and your partners. Limit your exposure to the sun and/or wear a UV blocking chapstick. By removing these risks, you are protecting your oral cavity and possibly your life.

For more information on our Oral Cancer screenings, contact Jeffrey Tufarolo, DDS, at our Everett, WA 98201 office. (425) 405-6400

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3624 Colby Ave, Suite A
Everett, WA 98201

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Thursday: 7am to 1pm

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