Skip Menu
Existing Patients: (702) 242-6777
New Patients: (702) 425-8354
3955 S. Durango Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89147
Logo
  • Home
  • About Us
    • Our Office
    • New Patients
    • Smile Gallery
    • Dental Videos
    • Testimonials
  • Our Doctor
    • Christopher D. Capener, DDS
  • Our Team
  • Services
      • All on 4®
      • Ceramic Crowns
      • Cosmetic Dentistry
      • Cosmetic Smile Makeover
      • Dental Bridges
      • Dental Cleanings
      • Dental Fillings
      • Dentures
      • Digital Impressions
      • Digital Radiography
      • Emergency Treatment
      • Extractions
      • Implant Dentistry
      • Invisalign®
      • Laser Dentistry
      • Night Guards
      • Oral Cancer Screening
      • Oral Exams
      • Pediatric Dentistry
      • Periodontal Treatment
      • Preventive Program
      • Root Canals
      • Sedation Dentistry
      • Snoring Appliances
      • Sports Mouthguards
      • Teeth Whitening
      • TMJ Disorders
      • Veneers
      • Wisdom Teeth
    • View All
  • Dental Health
  • Contact
    • Contact Us
    • Request Appointment

Oral Cancer Screening

Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer accounts for 2.9% of all diagnosed cases of cancer in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society it is estimated that 51,000 people across the country will develop oral cancer this year and that 10,000 fatalities are expected from the disease.

Oral cancer can occur anywhere in the orofacial complex but is most often found on the tongue, the tonsils and oropharynx, the gums, floor of the mouth, lips, cheek lining or the hard palate. While the disease can affect anyone, men are twice as likely to develop oral cancer as women. Those particularly at risk for oral cancer are men over the age of 50 who are heavy smokers and frequently drink alcohol. Additional risk factors may include UV exposure from the sun or sunlamps, GERD (gastro-intestinal reflux disease, prior head and neck radiation treatment, exposure to certain chemicals and poor diet. While the death rate from oral cancer has been decreasing in the past several decades thanks to early detection and advanced methods of treatment improving the outcomes of care, there has been a recent rise in the incidence of oropharyngeal cancer due to increased transmission of the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV).

As part of a comprehensive exam, the dentist will perform a screening for oral cancer. To start, the dentist will review the patient’s medical and dental histories and ask if there have been any changes to his or her oral health or overall health. The dentist will then carefully check in and around the oral cavity as well as the head and neck area for any of the following signs or symptoms that may indicate the presence of a problem

3955 S. Durango Drive, Suite B3
Las Vegas, NV 89147

Existing Patients: (702) 242-6777

New Patients: (702) 425-8354