Oral cancer is the uncontrolled proliferation of cells in specific tissues in the mouth. The type of cancer is diagnosed through a confirmed biopsy and a pathology report to identify the stage and grade of the cancer. Most often lesions of the oral cavity are benign, however, early identification and removal is the key to success. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 28,000 cases of oral cancer are diagnosed annually, with more than 7,000 of these cases resulting in death. Oral cancer may occur on the mouth, lips, tongue, gums, salivary glands, and throat (oropharyngeal).
Early diagnosis and prevention is critical, which is why very time you are seen for a cleaning and exam, Dr. Morelli and his hygienists perform a cancer screen, looking at your soft tissue, gums, tongue, floor of the mouth, glands, and oropharynx. Dr. Morelli discovered, in the last year, two different patients had oral cancer and in both cases the cancerous lesions were removed successfully!