Oral Cancer Screenings in Albany, NY

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late

Preventive treatment is your first defense against many oral conditions, most notably, oral cancer. Many symptoms can be indicators of such cancer, but most people aren’t trained to know what they are, or what to do if they’re spotted.

Our Albany dentist, Dr. Santhosh Thomas, performs oral cancer screenings at your routine dental cleaning and exam appointments. During your biannual visit, your dentist will discuss your health history and examine your mouth for signs of oral cancer along with cleaning your teeth. Regular visits to our Albany, NY dental office can ensure any warning signs can be spotted and treated immediately.

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The Importance of Oral Cancer Screenings

It’s important to identify potential signs of oral cancer at its earliest stage for more effective treatment. Luckily, the oral cancer screening process is quick and easy with Dr. Santhosh Thomas.

Screening for cancer is vital to catching disease in its infancy, often before symptoms have developed. When cancer is caught early on, it can increase your chances of successful treatment and healing. During your oral exam, Dr. Thomas will examine your oral cavity and check for any abnormalities or possible signs of oral cancer. He’ll first look in the inside of your mouth for red or white patches or sores. Next, he’ll feel the inside of your mouth to check for abnormalities like lumps and examine your throat and neck.

If any signs are detected, Dr. Thomas will take a sample of the tissue, if possible, and have it tested. If taking a sample isn’t possible, he’ll have you referred to an oncologist or another specialist for further evaluation or treatment.

Symptoms of Mouth or Throat Cancer

You should schedule an appointment at our Albany, NY dental office if you’re experiencing any of the following:

  • Sores that bleed easily or don’t heal
  • A thick or hard spot or lump
  • Roughened or crusted area in your mouth
  • Numbness, pain, or tenderness
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite down

Tell your dentist about any problems you notice having when chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving your tongue or jaw. At Western Dental Care in Albany, NY, our dentist will conduct a thorough oral cancer screening during your comprehensive exam.

Frequently Asked Questions

Western Dental Care P.C.

2021 Western Ave.
Ste. 101
Albany, NY 12203

Office Hours

Mon, Wed, Thu
8am – 5pm
8am – 4pm
8am – 1pm

Clinical Hours

Mon, Wed, Thu
8am – 5pm