It isn't easy to spot.
Your dentist is also trained to spot signs of oral cancer — that is, cancer of the lips, gums, tongue and inside of the mouth. Oral cancer checks are now routinely included in your dental checkup. To do a proper assessment, your dentist must ask about your medical history and conduct an oral cancer exam. If your dentist detects a suspicious lesion, he or she may take a biopsy and refer you to a specialist. About 80 percent of oral cancer patients survive when the disease is detected early.