Alen  Gharibian, DDS -  - Cosmetic Dentist

Dental Center of Redondo Beach

Alen Gharibian, DDS

Cosmetic Dentist & Dentist located in South Bay, Lawndale, CA

Cancer Screening Specialist

As a leading dental professional in the South Bay, Dr. Gharibian provides routine oral cancer screening for patients throughout Redondo Beach, CA and Lawndale, CA. Dr. Gharibian will look for the early warnings signs of oral cancer so treatment can begin as soon as possible.

Cancer Screening

by Alen Gharibian, DDS

Does oral cancer cause symptoms?

Yes, oral cancer typically causes some or all of these symptoms:

  • whitish or reddish patches, lumps or rough-textured spots on the soft tissue of your mouth

  • pain or discomfort when swallowing

  • chronic hoarseness

  • persistent sore throat

  • numbness or bleeding in the face, mouth or neck

  • changes in the way your jaw or teeth meet when you close your mouth

Some oral cancers can resemble canker sores. If you have a sore in your mouth that doesn't resolve within two weeks, you should schedule an office visit right away.

What happens during an oral cancer screening?

Oral cancer screening is performed with every office visit, and you can also call the office to schedule a screening if you notice symptoms or if you're at increased risk for oral cancer. During the screening, your mouth will be visually examined, including the insides of your cheeks, your gums, your palate, your tongue and your lips. If an abnormal area is identified, a tiny sample of cells can be removed for evaluation under a microscope. These biopsies are often performed using a special brush to remove just the upper layer of cells, but in some cases, a small area of tissue may be cut out for evaluation. Oral cancer screening usually also includes gentle palpation of your neck to look for signs of swelling or lumps.

How often should I have an oral cancer screening?

At the Dental Center of Redondo Beach, we perform an oral cancer screening with each routine office exam. Ideally, you should be screened at least twice yearly when you visit the office for your six-month cleaning and checkup appointment.

What are the risk factors for oral cancer?

Smoking, chewing tobacco and heavy consumption of alcohol are the primary risk factors. Genetics, prolonged exposure to UV light, older age and some diseases can also increase your risk.

Major insurance Plans Accepted

We accept most PPO and HMO plans. If you have any questions, please contact our office. 

Access Medical Group
Allegiance Life and Health
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross of California
Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield
Assurant Employee Benefits
Assurant Health
Blue Care Network of Michigan
Blue Choice Health Plan
Blue Cross
Blue Cross Blue Shield

Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "I felt very comfortable and most importantly, I feel like my teeth were cleaned perfectly. This was a very pleasant trip to the dentist."

    Kat M.
  • Yelp

    "Doctor's calm manner and professionalism is so reassuring and comforting. His skill in painlessly resolving the problems was also of great benefit to me."

    Michael M.
  • Yelp

    "Quick, efficient, painless, nice comfortable office, great customer service. Definitely recommend this office!"

    Rebecca E.
Dental Center of Redondo Beach
16819 Hawthorne Boulevard
South Bay

Lawndale, CA 90260
Phone: 424-275-6588
Office Hours

Get in touch


Alen Gharibian, DDS
16819 Hawthorne Boulevard
Lawndale, CA 90260