There is significant lack of awareness with regards to oral cancer. But it is just as fatal as any other type of cancer as evidenced by the fact that nearly nearly every hour one person loses his/her life to oral cancer. What makes this type of cancer especially notorious is the fact that it is not easily identifiable until it has already reached a stage of no return. There is only 60% chance of survival for oral cancer.
Early detection can increase chances of survival by nearly 80%. Oral cancer screening tests are there to forewarn you and truly save your life. Regular dental check-ups have oral cancer screening incorporated into the check up itself.
An oral cancer examination is a quick and painless process. The main aim is to identify any discernable difference in the lining tissues of the mouth, lips, and tongue, which may point towards the early stages of cancer. The actual process is a visual and tactile affair and if any anomalies are noted or further research is necessary, a small tissue sample is taken and sent for further examination.