In 2018, approximately 52,000 patients were diagnosed with oral cancer in the US alone.

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Oral Cancer Screening in Rockford, Dixon, Janesville, and Madison

In 2018, approximately 52,000 patients were diagnosed with oral cancer in the United States. Of these diagnoses, over 75% were linked to lifestyle habits, such as tobacco use or excessive consumption of alcohol. While avoiding these habits can reduce an individual’s risk of developing oral cancer, everyone is at risk. There are several different types of oral cancer, including melanoma, adenocarcinoma, and teratoma, the most common of which is malignant squamous cell carcinoma. This type of cancer typically originates in the mouth tissue and lips, although oral can also occur in the gums, throat, face, salivary glands, and tongue. Malignant cancers may originate in one place then spread to other maxillofacial and oral regions, resulting in secondary threats.

Oral cancer does not typically cause noticeable symptoms in the early stages. As such, one of the most effective methods for diagnosing oral cancer early is scheduling regular periodontal exams. During these exams, your periodontist will perform a thorough examination of your mouth for any indications of lesions or changes within your oral cavity.

With over 60,000 dental surgeries performed and over 20,000 dental implants placed, you can be confident that you will receive high quality care from established professionals that is designed to meet your unique needs. If you have not had an oral cancer screening in over one year or are concerned that you may be displaying symptoms common to oral cancer, schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Early treatment is the best step you can take to have a positive outcome; contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, our Janesville office at 608.208.1576, or our Madison office at 608.416.5205.

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Rockford, ILLINOIS

1055 Featherstone Road, Suite B
Rockford, IL 61107
(815) 261-1739
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629 North Galena Avenue, Suite 230
Dixon, IL 61201
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111 North Main Street
Janesville, WI 53545
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Madison, WI 53719
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Dr. Lindman is a native of Rockford. Dr. Lindman received his professional degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. His graduate training in periodontics was completed at Northwestern University College of Dentistry Where he received a Certificate Degree in Periodontics and a Master of Science degree.


Dr. Burch grew up in Villa Park, IL. Dr. Burch attended Eastern Illinois University, where he majored in Biochemistry. Dr. Burch earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine.  He received his Certificate Degree in Periodontics and Master of Science from Saint Louis University.


Dr. Hull grew up in Monmouth, IL. Dr. Hull earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Southern Illinois University and his Certificate in Periodontics from Saint Louis University, Department of Periodontics. While at Saint Louis University, Dr. Hull completed an anesthesia program and uses sedation and pain control techniques in his practice.


Dr. Andreasen grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Clemson University. She attended the University of Louisville School of Dentistry to receive her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. Dr. Andreasen continued there to complete a residency in Periodontics and earned a Master of Science in Dentistry.


Dr. Novin Pishevar grew up in Carol Stream, Illinois and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Health with a focus on aging populations from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. After college, Dr. Pishevar received his dental education from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


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Symptoms of Oral Cancer

Some of the most common symptoms of oral cancer include:

  • Persistent mouth pain and/or sores that do not heal
  • Red or white patches in lining of the mouth, tonsil, tongue, and/or gums
  • Difficulty moving tongue or jaw
  • Lump or mass in cheek and/or neck
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty swallowing/chewing
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Numbness in tongue
  • Pain in jaw or teeth
  • Loosened teeth
  • Swelling of the jaw
  • Chronic halitosis
  • Change in your voice

If any of these symptoms have appeared or persisted for weeks, schedule an appointment for an oral cancer screening as soon as possible.

What to Expect During the Oral Cancer Screening

The oral cancer screening process is completely painless and can be conducted in a relatively short period of time. During this examination, we will evaluate your oral cavity and surrounding areas for any indications of unusual bumps or abnormalities. Lasers may be used to look for pathologic changes, such as lesions, spots, ed patches, sores, lumps, or thickened tissue in the mouth or throat.

 If your periodontist suspects the presence of oral cancer, it will likely be necessary to schedule an appointment for a biopsy, which involves removing part of the abnormal tissue (incisional biopsy) or all the abnormal tissue (excisional biopsy), which is then sent to a lab to be evaluated. Biopsies often come back negative, however, it is better to err on the side of caution in these circumstances. If your biopsy does come back positive for oral cancer, the next step will be a discussion of available treatment options, which will be informed by your unique health history, the severity of your case, and your personal treatment preferences and goals.

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Treatment Options for Oral Cancer

Although no one wants to be told they have tested positive for oral cancer, it is important to be aware that there are several treatment options available, including the following:

  • Surgery: Surgical treatment for oral cancer involves removal of the entire tumor. If necessary, an incision may be made in the jawbone or neck to make removal easier.
  • Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy treatment involves destroying cancer cells with chemotherapy drugs and is often done in combination with radiation therapy. In many cases, a variety of chemotherapy drugs are used to decrease the likelihood of drug resistance developing.
  • Radiation therapy: Radiation therapy targets the tumor using high-energy beams and is especially effective in treating cancers of the mouth. Radiation therapy may be done in combination with chemotherapy, as a preventative measure following surgery, or as the sole treatment when tumors cannot be surgically removed.

Additional treatment methods that may be included in your treatment plan include targeted drug therapy, which interferes with the growth of cancer cells on a molecular level, and immunotherapy, which helps support the body’s immune system in killing cancer cells.

Cost of Oral Cancer Screening

The cost of oral cancer screening will depend largely on your dental insurance plan and whether or not oral cancer screening is covered. At Featherstone Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are committed to providing you with high-quality, comprehensive periodontal services, which is why we provide you with flexible payment options to ensure that you receive the care you require.

If you are covered under a dental insurance plan, we do ask that you bring your insurance cards and any necessary forms with you to your appointment. We are happy to provide a pre-estimate of dental benefits prior to treatment, and will submit any receipts, forms, or other information required by your insurance company. Once insurance payment has been received, the remaining balance will be mailed to you.

Please note: our office does offer a 5% reduction in fee for full payment at the time services are provided (contingent on treatment type). We also offer extended payment plans through GreenSky Patient Solutions or Care Credit. For your convenience, we accept cash, personal check, Visa, Discover, MasterCard or American Express.