Oral cancers can be detected by us by a thorough clinical examination of the mouth and neck. Prior to this History taking is essential where in we usually enquire about the patients oral habits (eg tobacco consumption, excessive smoking), family history, previous history of head and neck radiotherapy.
Special emphasis is given to the back and side surface of the tongue as it a common region which is involved in oral cancers.
In such cases the primary goal is to differentiate benign (harmless) conditions from malignant (harmful) cancerous growth. Timely diagnosis is crucial as it determines the success of the treatment.