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Roslyn Heights ❘ (516) 740-1848

Manhattan ❘ (212) 355-3944

Oral Cancer Exam
Roslyn Heights & Manhattan NY


A woman smiling after her Oral Cancer Examination at Edward I. Jutkowitz, D.M.D., P.C. - Periodontics and Implantology According to the American Cancer Society, over 30,000 cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year, with over 7000 of these cases resulting in the death of the patient. Fortunately, oral cancer can be diagnosed with an annual cancer exam provided by Dr. Jutkowitz. If caught early, oral cancer can be effectively treated.

Oral cancer is a pathologic process, which begins by producing no symptoms, making it hard to recognize without an exam. There are many types of oral cancer, including teratoma, adenocarcinoma, and melanoma. The most common form of oral cancer is malignant squamous cell carcinoma, which typically originates in the lip and mouth tissue. There are many other places in which oral cancers occur, including the tongue, salivary glands, throat, gums, and face.

What to Expect


The oral cancer examination is completely painless. Dr. Jutkowitz will look for abnormalities and feel the face, glands, and neck for unusual bumps. Lasers may be used to highlight pathologic changes, and can "look" below the surface for spots and lesions invisible to the naked eye. Some of the signs that will be investigated are red patches and sores. Red patches on the floor of the mouth, or the front of the tongue, and bleeding sores which fail to heal easily can be indicative of cancerous changes. Leukoplakia is a hardened white or gray, slightly raised lesion that can appear inside the mouth, and may be cancerous. Signs of these will be examined for as well. Finally, soreness, lumps, or the general thickening of tissue anywhere in the throat or mouth can signal pathologic signs and will be examined.

If abnormalities, lesions, lumps, or leukoplakia are apparent, Dr. Jutkowitz will implement a treatment plan that is right for you. Treatment options vary according to the precise diagnosis, but may include: excision, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.

It is also important to note that over 75% of oral cancers are linked to avoidable behaviors such as smoking, tobacco use, and excessive alcohol consumption. Dr. Jutkowitz can provide you with literature and options about quitting dangerous behaviors such as tobacco use.
Roslyn Heights
70 Glen Cove Rd, Roslyn Heights,
NY 11577
Phone: (516) 740-1848
Fax: 516-621-9409


Manhattan
133 East 58th St, Ste 803,
Manhattan, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 355-3944
Fax: 646-735-1843

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