Can I Get Checked for Head and Neck Cancer Before I Have Symptoms?
Regular oral exams by a dentist or doctor can help detect signs of head and neck cancer.
There are no screening tests for head and neck cancers that are recommended to the general public. Because it is easier to treat head and neck cancer if it is found early, people should have regular checkups that include an examination of the mouth, head, and neck. Doctors and dentists can do these exams. You should also do a self-exam by looking at your mouth in the mirror for changes or anything unusual, particularly if you are a smoker. Tell your doctor or dentist right away if you notice any sores in your mouth that don’t go away.