Wadas Dental of Munster
417 East Ridge Road, Suite A, Munster, IN 46321

Oral Cancer Screenings in Munster, IN

Thousands of patients develop oral cancer each year, and unfortunately, many growths have already advanced to more dangerous stages by the time they’re detected. Fortunately, with help from your dentist, you can beat the odds by detecting the disease early.

Oral Cancer Awareness: What Is Oral Cancer?

Oral cancer is a malignant growth that affects the tissues inside your mouth, which include your tongue, gums, cheek lining, and upper throat. Cancers may be primary lesions, or they may spread to your mouth from cancerous growths elsewhere in your body. You have a higher risk of developing oral cancer if any of the following factors apply to you:

  • Male
  • More than 50 years old
  • Excessive sun exposure throughout your life
  • Smoker
  • Heavy drinker
  • Previous exposure to human papilloma virus

Know the Signs of Oral Cancer

Early signs of oral cancer are easily missed. Report the following to your dentist or doctor:

  • Swollen or thickened areas inside your mouth
  • An unusual bump, lump, or rough spot
  • Crusty skin around your lips
  • Soft red, white, or multi-colored patches in your mouth
  • Mouth or tongue sores that never heal
  • Unexplained oral bleeding

Don’t Overlook Oral Cancer Symptoms

Some oral cancer tongue and mouth symptoms may be due to harmless causes, but it’s best to let your dentist know about them. Take note of any of the following:

  • Numb or painful areas inside your mouth
  • Chronic, unexplained sore throat
  • Feeling like something is stuck or trapped in your throat
  • Difficulty swallowing, biting, or chewing
  • Trouble moving your mouth or tongue
  • Voice changes
  • Ear or jaw pain
  • Changes in how your dentures feel

Understanding the Oral Cancer Stages

Oral cancer is classified into stages. Stages I and II involve small lesions that are less than two centimeters in size and remain localized. If your cancer has progressed to stage III or IV, the growth is larger and cancer cells have spread to nearby lymph nodes or other tissues. Treatment for later stages is more aggressive.

What Does an Oral Cancer Screening Cost?

Oral cancer screening usually costs nothing, and it can save your life. Your dentist can perform a cancer screening at your next dental exam. Our dentists perform oral cancer screenings at no extra cost during your general exam. To set up your next appointment, give us a call today.

How Is Oral Cancer Detected?

Detection starts with a careful visual and manual exam to look for suspicious skin lesions and bumps or lumps inside the mouth. Your dentist may also employ modern oral cancer detection devices like powerful lights or special dyes that help differentiate normal tissues from diseased ones. If your dentist finds something suspicious, a biopsy can determine if it’s cancer.

Oral Cancer Survival Rate

Oral and tongue cancer survival rates are closely related to the stage and type of tumor that is present. Overall, the five-year survival rate is 60 percent, but every patient’s disease is unique. Our dentists work hard to identify cancer when it’s in its earliest and most curable stages. Contact us to learn more.

Treatment Options for Oral Cancer

Most oral cancer treatment strategies involve some combination of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. If you have mouth cancer, your treatment will depend on many factors such as your age, general health, and the stage of your cancer. The best outcomes occur when the disease is detected early, so be sure to obtain oral cancer screening in Munster by contacting our clinic today and scheduling your next dental exam.

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Patient Reviews
Every one in this office is so nice! I love going here!
Lilah M.
Great diagnostics, great treatment plan, great customer service!
Matthew M.
I’ve been coming to Wadas dental center for 7 years now and I’ve always received the best treatment, and the staff is always so friendly!
Melanie P.
Amber, the Hygienist very knowledgeable and thorough Dr Bottica with great bed side manners and compassionate.
Nadia T.
Amber the dental hygienist was very polite and informed me of every step before giving care, she even discuss the next thing I could do in prevention and protecting the teeth that I have left. All […]
The front desk staff are very patient. The dental staff are warm and friendly.
Toya M.
Friendly, thorough, explained everything well
Theresa D.
I get extremely nervous and this visit turned out to be a really good experience.
Phyllis M.
Everyone here is great, from Dr. Cooper to all the hygienists, and the front desk staff!
Katherine W.
Excellent service from staff. The dentist and staff. explained the service in detail. I will recommend this dentist to family and friends.
Wendy D.
I have been going to Wadas since I was a little kid and have always gotten great care. I highly recommend them to anyone.
Kristi D.
Everyone was so pleasant from start to finish. It really felt like I had been there before. The Dentist showed real concern with preventative precautionaries and information to help with any future […]
Rhanetra L.
Short wait. They were all friendly and remember who you are when you walk in.
Jeanne D.
After our former dentist retired, we had to find a new dentist for our whole family. I am thankful we found the Wadas Dental Center. Everyone in the office was wonderful to deal with and Dr. Cooper […]
Shari K.
Dr. Botica did an excellent job of working with me to make sure I was comfortable during my dental procedure. I have a complex medical history and had several complicating factors but she was […]
Jennifer K.
At the age of 51, Dr Cooper took away my fear of dentists! Believe it or not it was with a full upper implant procedure too! Teeth pulled, metal drilled into my head, constant visits back and forth […]
Cathy C.
My dental asst. Tasha was wonderful! I was really nervous and she really calmed me down. Dr. Cooper is great, he is also very calming and answered all my questions. I’m really glad we choose Wadas […]
Phyllis M.
Good friendly atmosphere and very accomodating. Needed a tooth extracted, called at 8:15, was in office at 8:30 and my problem was remedied.
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Office Hours
Mon. – 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tue. – 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wed. – 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thu. – 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Fri. – 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sat. – Select for implants
Sun. – Closed
Phone: (219) 552-7674
Fax: (219) 836-0338
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  • Monday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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