Center for Oral Pathology

Oral Evaluation & Cancer Screening


Making Specialized Oral Pathology Available to Everyone

An oral evaluation is your best, proactive defense against dental problems, and it is also the best chance to detect oral diseases. There is really no way to prevent cancer, but early detection is crucial in successfully treating the disease and increasing you chances of survival. Regular oral cancer screenings will spot any abnormalities or changes early allowing sufficient time for treatment.


As pathology specialists, The Center for Oral Pathology performs various cancer screening tests to reduce any potential damage from this disease process. An oral evaluation and cancer screening will include visual and digital examination with photo documentation, and may include biopsies if necessary and even more if warranted. A proper oral cancer screening can be successful in detecting early indicators of cancer.


The professionally trained team at The Center for Oral Pathology, 4514 Cole Avenue, Suite 930, in Dallas, Texas, 75205, specializes in understanding the dynamics of the science and medicine to address oral health problems. If you have any questions concerning an oral evaluation and cancer screening for you, contact us today at 855-ORAL-PAT(H) or 855-672-5728. We are committed and dedicated to ensuring your oral health.


Like other cancers that we screen for, oral cancer should be screened for annually.  If you use a tobacco product, oral evaluations and cancer screening should begin at the age you commenced the tobacco use. The visual and tactile screenings The Center for Oral Pathology recommends are quick, painless, inexpensive, and non-invasive to undergo. that the head and neck region, including the oral cavity, are relatively easy to examine, which allows us to implement non-invasive methods to detect early development in many cases.

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The Objective for An Oral Evaluation

The goal of an oral evaluation and cancer screening is to identify cancer or precancerous lesions that could lead to cancer at an early stage, which is the time when cancer or lesions are easiest to remove and most likely to be cured.


If you have an elevated risk of oral cancer, you will benefit from oral evaluations and oral cancer screening. Some factors that do increase your risk of oral cancer include:


  • Tobacco use of any variety, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, snuff, among others.
  • The excessive use of alcohol.
  • A previous oral cancer diagnosis or any cancer of the upper aerodigestive tract.
  • A history of significant sun exposure, which will increase your risk of lip cancer.

The number of people diagnosed with mouth and throat cancer has been increasing over the last several years, and yet it is not clear why. There is also an increase in the number of oropharyngeal cancers associated with human papillomavirus, or HPV infection.


If you are concerned about your cancer risk, talk to The Center for Oral Pathology about how you can reduce your risk and which screening tests might be appropriate for you.

What to Expect During Your Oral Evaluation

During an oral evaluation and cancer screening, The Center for Oral Pathology exams the inside of your mouth to check for any red or white patches or mouth sores. Using gloved hands, we also feel the tissues in your mouth to check for lumps or other abnormalities. We will also examine your throat and neck for lumps.


Treatment for oral cancer can be effective if the disease is detected early, which can directly impact your quality of life, prognosis, and overall chances of survival


When a questionable growth or sore is detected in your mouth a biopsy is often required. A biopsy is a diagnostic test which involves the removal of a tissue sample and then examining it under a microscope. This test identifies abnormal cells and screens for cancer and other problems. An oral biopsy will take one of two forms:


  • Incisional oral biopsy: An incisional biopsy is performed to remove a portion of a larger mass to be sampled and screened. This test will be used to determine if the mass is malignant or benign.
  • Excisional oral biopsy: An excisional biopsy is a biopsy when the entire lump or suspicious growth is removed rather than just a part of it. Excisional biopsies are performed when the lump is smaller and/or favored to be benign.

Schedule Your Oral Pathology Exam Today

At The Center for Oral Pathology, 4514 Cole Avenue, Suite 930, in Dallas, Texas, 75205, our team of specialists take your oral health seriously. Scheduling an appointment for an oral pathology examination or an oral biopsy can also actively improve your overall health. In addition to embracing the importance of your overall oral health, we also understand the value of your time, which is why we are focused on making your visit to our clinic as efficient as possible.


If you would like to learn more about your viable options with regards to an oral evaluation and cancer screening, give us a call today at 855-ORAL-PAT(H) or 855-672-5728 with any questions and to get your examination on the calendar. We look forward to serving you and contributing to improving your quality of life.