Oral Cancer Screening & Exam in Rockford, IL

One American dies from oral cancer every hour of every day, and about 30,000 cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year. The American Dental Association is leading the charge to drastically reduce these statistics by recommending everyone get oral cancer screenings. Just like the screenings for other cancers have helped increase the odds of mortality, the screenings for oral cancer are very effective.

Unfortunately, oral cancer is too often discovered in its late stages. By this point, cancer has had the chance to spread to other parts of the body, and the mortality rate is affected. However, when detected early, the survival rate for oral cancer jumps up to 90%! The earlier that oral cancer can be identified, the better chance the patient has of surviving.

Oral Cancer Exam

An oral cancer screening is quick, simple and comfortable. Dr. Padron or one of our highly qualified dental hygienists will examine the following areas of the mouth:

  • Roof of the mouth
  • Floor of the mouth
  • Upper and lower gums
  • Cheeks
  • Lips
  • Throat
  • Tongue

We will thoroughly look for white or red patches that would require additional follow up.

Recommended Oral Cancer Screenings by the American Cancer Society:

  • For those between 20 and 39 years of age, oral cancer screening is recommended every three years.
  • For patients over 40 years old, a yearly oral cancer exam is recommended.
Dr. Adriana Padron

Dr. Adriana Padron

Dr. Adriana Padron was born in Venezuela, and is a fourth generation dentist from both sides of her family. Since she was a child, she always showed interest in dentistry and became one when she graduated first in her class from El Bosque University in Bogota, Colombia in 2006.

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