Why do we need oral cancer screenings? Over 45,000 people are diagnosed each year. Unfortunately, due to late detection over 50% succumb to the disease within five years. But a simple screening can increase the chances of a full recovery. We recommend everyone undergo a routine oral cancer screening annually in order to protect their smile and overall oral health.

Brighton, MA Oral Cancer Screening Quiz

  1. True or False: You should have a screening at least once a year.
  2. True or False: If you have a sore that won’t heal after 14 days you should have a screening.
  3. True or False: We offer them as part of our checkups.
  4. True or False: Early treatment can potentially lead to an 80% survival rate.

Answer Key

  1. True. We recommend adults be examined for signs of oral cancer at least once a year. Doing so increases the chances of the disease being discovered in the earliest stages. This can aid in the recovery and help prevent the disease from progressing.
  2. True. There are a number of possible warning signs, including the presence of sores or lesions that do not heal after 14 days. You may also experience a sudden weight loss, changes in your voice, hoarseness, and unexplained bleeding. If you encounter any of these symptoms then please schedule an appointment for a diagnosis right away.
  3. True. The American Dental Association recommends adults and children receive a thorough checkup twice a year. During the examination the doctor looks for possible oral health issues, including tooth decay, TMJ disorder, bruxism, gum disease, and cancer.
  4. True. As with most diseases, treatment should begin in the early stages. Once the disease progresses, the chances of recovery are decreased.


Located in Brighton, MA, Brighton Family Dental Group features experienced dentists and an excellent range of in-office treatments for every member of your family who needs dental care. If you’d like to learn more, you can schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Thomas Villani or Dr. Richard Kondrat by calling our office at (617) 562-5210.