Oral cancer Screening

WHY HAVE AN ORAL CANCER SCREENING (OCS)?

Oral cancer is the 13th most common and fastest growing type of cancer. This is part of the Oral Assessment and is crucial in detecting oral cancer early. Orl cancer is on the rise, especially among youth.
Who is at risk?
EVERYONE

Some risk factors that increase your risk are:
-smoking and chewing tobacco
-excessive alcohol consumption
-HPV virus infection (a risk that is rising among young adults)
-sun exposure to lips (including lights from tanning beds)

What should I look for?
See the following fact sheets from Ontario/Canadian Dental Hygienists Association:
ODHA fact sheet
Oral cancer fact sheet including quick tips and what to look for
Oral Cancer Early Detection- Step by Step Guide to Self Examination