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Oral Cancer Screening

It's a fact. In the U.S., oral cancer kills 1 patient, every hour of every day.

Beating the odds against oral cancer requires regular dental and medical examinations, avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol use, and testing for Human papillomavirus (HPV).

Oral cancer is in the group of head and neck cancers; unlike other forms of cancer that are decreasing, the occurrence of oral cancer is on the rise. While it is not difficult to diagnosis, the fatality rate is high because it is usually not diagnosed until it is very advanced.

oral cancer kills one american every hour

Common signs of oral cancer include:

  • Lumps, sores, swollen areas or thick patches in the mouth or throat
  • Problems moving the jaw or tongue, or difficulty swallowing
  • Feeling as if something is ‘stuck’ in the throat
  • Constant sore throat or hoarseness
  • Red or white lesions in the mouth or on the lips
  • Numbness or soreness in the tongue or back of the throat

The HPV Connection to Oral Cancer

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a known factor in the growing number of oral cancer cases. HPV is transmitted through saliva and sexual contact. HPV positive patients are 15 times more likely to develop cancer of the oral cavity or pharynx, with men having a higher occurrence than women (7 times greater).

Dr. Baker provides saliva testing for HPV in our practice. Learn more about OralDNA® HPV Salivary Diagnostics.

oral cancer screening


Dr. Baker performs an oral cancer screening as part of a periodontal assessment. In addition to a thorough soft tissue examination, she utilizes OralID screening technology to assist with visualizing any oral-mucosal abnormalities, including cancer and dysplasia (pre-cancer) before they can be detected with the naked eye.

The OralID screening is quick and completely comfortable, and there are no rinses or dyes required.

As a periodontal specialist, Dr. Susan Baker works with general dentists to provide comprehensive oral health care. If you have questions about oral cancer, please do not hesitate to Contact Us.