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Our oral and maxillofacial surgeons, Dr. Ercole and Dr. Geunes and their team promote ongoing oral cancer awareness for our patients. We very much want to help reduce the number who might fall prey to this deadly disease, a disease which kills people every hour of every day. At Ocean State Oral Surgery Center, in North Providence, Rhode Island, we aim to detect and diagnose abnormalities in the early stages for the best possible treatment. During your visits to our office we check for the signs of oral cancer.

Since early detection is key to a high survival rate, you can also do your part to be on the lookout for early signs of this deadly disease as well. Just as monthly breast self-exams can help detect cancer, so can oral self-exams. It is easy and simple and will only take life-saving moments of your time.

What to Look For

–White or red patches in the mouth

–A sore that bleeds easily and isn’t healing

–Feeling a mass or lump in your neck

–An unusual lump or thickening of the oral tissues

–Having a hard time chewing or swallowing

–A sore throat or hoarseness that isn’t going away

To begin your self-exam, make sure to use a bright light and a mirror and remove your dentures if you wear them. Next, look and feel the inside of your lips as well as the front of your gums. With your head tilted back you will want to check and feel the roof of your mouth. Then, pull your cheek out (one at a time) to inspect the inside of it and check the back of your gums as well. You will want to stick out your tongue and check the top and underside surfaces. And finally, you will want to feel both sides of your neck for lumps or swollen lymph nodes, and don’t forget to feel under your bottom jaw.

At Ocean State Oral Surgery Center in North Providence, Rhode Island, we want to work with our patients to live long, healthy lives. If you find any of the signs or symptoms during your monthly self-exam, please let us know so we can determine what is going on. If you have any concerns for our oral