Screening is used to look for cancer before you have any symptoms or signs. Certain cancers like stomach, colon, and prostate can be detected early for screening methods. The overall goals of cancer screening are to – lower the number of people who die from the disease, or eliminate deaths from cancer altogether and lower the number of people who develop the disease.
Head and Neck cancer is not included as screenable disease. However people who routinely drink alcohol, use tobacco products, or have used tobacco products are at high risk of developing head and neck cancers. Observing the warning signs and symptoms and doing self oral examination and Evaluation by an expert (Head and Neck Cancer Surgeon) for any suspicious looking lesion can help detect in an early stages.