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Oral Cancer Screening

Dr. LeBlanc will perform a visual examination of your mouth during a routine dental visit to screen for oral cancer.
 
The goal with oral cancer screening is to identify cancer early, when there is a greater chance for a cure.
 
During an oral exam, Dr. Ken LeBlanc looks over the inside of your mouth to check for red or white patches or mouth sores. Using gloved hands, your dentist also feels the tissues in your mouth to check for lumps or other abnormalities.
 
Many people have abnormal sores in their mouths, with the great majority being noncancerous. An oral exam can’t determine which sores are cancerous and which are not. If Dr. LeBlanc finds an unusual sore, you may need to go through further testing to determine its cause. The only way to definitively determine whether you have oral cancer is to remove some abnormal cells and test them for cancer in a procedure called a biopsy.
 
The cancer screening is part of the routine examination, and there is no extra charge for the exam. 

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