Oral Cancer Screening
There is some controversy over whether dentists should provide oral cancer screenings and whether the failure to do so is a type of medical malpractice. According to the Mayo Clinic, there is no one test or type of oral exam that has been proven to lower the risk of dying from oral cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends discussing oral cancer screening with your dentist and making individual decisions. The American Dental Association recommends periodic oral cancer screenings for all adults.
That said, many dentists do perform oral cancer screenings during routine dental checkups. If your dentist notices something unusual, such as a lump or a sore that could be sign of oral cancer, then your dentist may suggest follow up tests or examinations.
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