It is estimated that one person dies every hour from oral-oropharyngeal cancer. Experts predict that 49,750 Americans will be diagnosed this year, and of that population, roughly 57% who are diagnosed will be alive in five years. Survivability is low for oral cancer, not necessarily because it is more dangerous or insidious than other cancers, but because it often goes unidentified until it evolves into the later, deadlier stages.
Warning Signs and Indications a Biopsy is Needed
Oral cancer, while more prevalent among smokers and excessive drinkers, impacts individuals across a wide spectrum. Often suspicious lumps or bumps are not painful or highly noticeable in the early development of the disease. It is so important to invest in regular check-ups with one of our doctors at ImplantWide, and if necessary biopsy any suspicious lumps or bumps as soon as possible.
Even the most experienced of clinicians struggle to discern between abnormal and innocuous oral mucosa. Clinicians suspect malignancy when lesions:
Most of the above indicators usually require a clinical exam conducted by a professional. However, there are some warning signs that you as an individual can pay attention to, such as:
Types of Oral Biopsies
The Oral Biopsy Procedure
Your biopsy will take approximately 15 to 30 minutes. You will be put on local anesthetic and remain awake for the procedure. After a sample has been collected, you will receive stitches that will dissolve over the next fourteen days. The biopsy should be relatively painless, but you will probably experience swelling and discomfort over the next couple of days.
Preparing for Your Oral Biopsy Appointment
After Your Appointment
Results and a diagnosis take about two weeks.
Help spread cancer awareness
Oncologists have discovered that the key to fighting cancer is the early diagnosis. Mammograms, pap smears, and prostate exams have saved millions of lives. Oral exams and biopsies also save lives, but too often a lack of awareness leads to a late stage diagnosis and a higher fatality rate.
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