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How much does an oral cancer screening test typically cost?

How much does an oral cancer screening test typically cost?

$0: When you see your dentist, any reputable dentist will do an oral cancer screening with every check-up visit. This is something that is completely normal to ask the dentist to do, and should not pose an additional fee. For lab tests and such, fees may apply, but a visual screening should be done free of charge with check-ups. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Have had white area on tongue for abt 1 year. No changes. Do I have to treat leukoplakia or can I leave it? Is an annual oral cancer screening enuf?

Get it checked: I'd recommend you defer to recommendation of a oral surgeon that knows his stuff. They'd prob want biopsy of some sort before feeling comfortable to watch it. I'd take lots of pics. ...Read more

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I got an oral cancer screening done about a month ago now the roof of my mouth is white could cancer pop up that fast it does not scrape off so idk?

I got an oral cancer screening done about a month ago now the roof of my mouth is white could cancer pop up that fast it does not scrape off so idk?

It might/depends,,,: At your age you shouldn't get oral cancer. This usually presents in a person's 50s. However as tobacco use, especially chewing tobacco is a very significant risk factor, young persons like yourself can get it if there is very heavy use. Also, there is a chance of cancer from hpv if one engages in oral sex and it can appear in young people. So do check-ups, stop chewing tobacco, and stay safe. ...Read more

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Oral cancer screening 3 months ago (used velscope) & dentist checked my mouth this morning. I have a bump. He's not worried. Second opinion?

Oral cancer screening 3 months ago (used velscope) &  dentist checked my mouth this morning.  I have a bump.  He's not worried.  Second opinion?

Velscope and Visual: Never hurts to get a second opinion. Really depends on how long the lesion has been there, location, size, pain, blood supply, risk factors. The velscope is a nice tool, but close monitoring is always a good idea. Have your dentist take pictures and monitor even potential benign lesions. ...Read more

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Tongue trauma? On left lateral border of tongue I can feel a bump that's irritated when touched.. I do have TMJ bruxism. Oral cancer screening?

Tongue trauma? On left lateral border of tongue I can feel a bump that's irritated when touched.. I do have TMJ bruxism. Oral cancer screening?

Yes to screening: This is an important element of maintaining your oral health but in all likelihood, you bit your tongue. We can't diagnose over the internet so get it looked at to be sure. ...Read more

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If a male has high risk HPV strain linked to oral cancer. How often to get oral cancer screening when asymptomatic? Does it decrease mortality?

If a male has high risk HPV strain linked to oral cancer. How often to get oral cancer screening when asymptomatic? Does it decrease mortality?

At least once a year: I would recommend getting an oral screening exam at least once a year. It can/should be combined with your annual exam at the dentist. ...Read more

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Had cancer oral screening 7 weeks ago (all okay.) since then i've developed red bumps on back of tongue and along sides of tongue. Could it be cancer?

Had cancer oral screening 7 weeks ago (all okay.)  since then i've developed red bumps on back of tongue and along sides of tongue. Could it be cancer?

Probably Not : See a dentist to determine if the bumps are an irritation or infection or if it is the normal appearance of your taste buds (in the back - see diagram). The dentist can tell you if you have a problem and if so, determine the most appropriate treatment. And if you don't have a problem, having the dentist tell you, will make you feel better! ...Read more

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Do the strands of HPV that cause warts also cause oral Cancer? What is the best screening/prevention for oral cancer?

Do the strands of HPV that cause warts also cause oral Cancer? What is the best screening/prevention for oral cancer?

Different HPV types: The types of HPV that cause genital warts do not cause oral cancer. Among the 100+ strains of HPV, only one, HPV16, causes throat cancer. Most other oral cacners are not due to HPV of any type. The main prevention is regular examination, i.e. your regular dental visits. Despite all the news reports, throat cancer due to HPV remains rare, even in people with oral HPV or lots of oral sex. ...Read more

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Never smoked/drank; no family history, no HPV. Had clean cancer screening July 30, 2014. 37 Yr old male. Are my chances slim for oral cancer?

Never smoked/drank; no family history, no HPV. Had clean cancer screening  July 30, 2014. 37 Yr old male. Are my chances slim for oral cancer?

Probably: Absent family history, absence of alcohol/smoking (including pot)/drug use, and/or chronic irritation from anything sharp, occurrence of oral cancer is rare. To be sure, however, have regular dental check-ups with appropriate x-Rays which includes an oral cancer screening exam. In other words, have a Pro check you regularly. ...Read more

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Dr. Bernard Seif
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Screening (Definition)

Examples are: colonoscopy for colon polyp or cancer; mammograms for breast lesions or cancer; psa a blood test that could indicate enlargement of cancerous prostate tissue; blood sugar or hemoglobin a!c for diabetes. Many think that scanning the whole body will pick up a cancer--in all likelihood, it will not. There also is no good blood test, yet, ...Read more


Dr. Louis Gallia
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Mouth (Oral) Cancer (Definition)

Oral cancer is any cancer located in the mouth. Symptoms are variable but include mass in the mouth, difficulty eating, and tongue problems. ...Read more