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Oral Cancer Warning Signs and Screenings

Usually detectable and curable, oral cancer can affect lips, cheek lining, gums, tongue, floor and roof of the mouth, and back toward the throat. About 30,000 new cases of oral cancer are found each year. Your dentist stands as your first line of detection and defense against this disease.

What are the warning signs of oral cancer? If you see any of these possible signs report them to Fortson Dentistry:

  • Sores that bleed easily or do not heal
  • Lumps or spots that are thick or hard
  • Persistently rough or crusted areas
  • Numbness, pain or tenderness that may be new or persisting

During your regular dental exam, Fortson Dentistry will ask if you notice problems chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving any part of your mouth or tongue. Fortson Dentistry routinely screens for oral cancer as part of every comprehensive dental exam or cleaning.


Fortson Dentistry offers oral cancer screenings at all three of our locations. If you have oral cancer warning signs and live in the area (Southfield, Lathrup Village, Oak Park, Berkley, Huntington Woods, Ferndale, or Royal Oak) contact us today to set up your screening.