Oral Cancer Screenings
The benefit of coming into our office and receiving a full, comprehensive exam is that we will check your neck and oral tissues for lumps, red and/or white patches, and recurring sore areas of your mouth and gums. We use the VELscope to make this process quick, accurate and convenient.
Benefits of the VELscope for Oral Cancer Screening:
- completely safe
- simple to use
- no unpleasant rinses or stains
- entire exam in about two minutes.
This kind of early screening is highly beneficial because we can detect cancer at early stages, when it can still be treated.
Some of the primary reasons and risk oriented habits that can cause cancer include smoking and heavy alcohol consumption (30 drinks a week or more). The combination of the aforementioned habits is estimated to be the trigger of 75% of the diagnosed oral cancers in this country. Of course there are other lifestyle and environmental conditions that can increase and contribute to your risk of developing oral cancer.
We advice all of our patients to schedule and attend regular dental appointments so that we can detect oral cancer in its earliest stages.