Schedule Oral Cancer Testing Today
Oral cancer is a severe condition that requires immediate treatment. As such, it’s always a good idea to get tested and ensure you’re not at risk. At Jeffrey A. Stratford-Jones, we encourage our patients in Santa Barbara and Goleta, CA to schedule periodic oral cancer screenings. Our state-of-the-art technology can detect abnormalities, and our team will recommend a course of treatment from there. Oral cancer is often treatable when caught early, so don’t wait to set up your next appointment.
Symptoms of Oral Cancer
Some signs of oral cancer may be obvious indicators something is wrong, but other symptoms might just feel like a passing sore throat. Because the early warning signs of oral cancer are so varied, it’s essential to familiarize yourself with the most common symptoms. If you experience any of the following for more than two weeks, seek immediate medical help:
- A lump in the mouth or throat
- Sore white or red patches in the mouth
- Ear pain
- Numbness in or around the mouth
- Sore throat
- Swelling around the jaw
- Difficulty chewing, speaking, or otherwise moving the jaw
Treatments We May Recommend
Should we find signs of oral cancer during your screening, we’ll take aggressive measures to ensure the disease does not progress. The chances of defeating oral cancer significantly increase when it’s detected early and given proper care. Our team will evaluate your condition and choose a treatment best suited to your needs. Examples of treatment for less-serious abnormalities include:
We may recommend antibiotics to reduce soreness and discomfort associated with the condition.
This type of mouthwash is designed to kill more bacteria than traditional rinses and can mitigate the effects of poor oral hygiene.
Sometimes, removing a cyst or abnormal growth is the best way to ensure your health.
ViziLite PRO®: Our Screening System
At Jeffrey A. Stratford-Jones, we’re proud to use the ViziLite PRO® Oral Lesion Screen System. This diagnostic tool allows us to identify the early warning signs of oral cancer and give you the best chance at effective treatment. The ViziLite PRO® can detect lesions and abnormal tissue growth before the problem becomes more serious. If we find an abnormality, we’ll take a biopsy to be sent to a lab.