Oral Cancer Screening
Oral Cancer screenings are an integral part of all of our dental exams. They involve a careful and complete examination of the inside of your mouth and tongue.
Our dentists are specially trained to identify the early warning signs of oral cancer through proper screening during your regular dental visit. If you notice oral cancer symptoms such as spots, ulcers or other abnormalities in your tongue, cheek or gums, please schedule a dental check-up right away! Oral cancer is very treatable, especially when detected early.
Important Oral Cancer Facts and Statistics
Close to 37,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year.
80-90% survival rate if found by early detection.
It will cause over 8,000 deaths, killing 1 person every hour, 24 hours a day.
The death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of cervical cancer, Hodgkins lymphoma, laryngeal cancer, cancer of the testes and endocrine system cancers, such as thyroid or skin cancer (malignant melanoma).
Historically the death rate associated with this cancer is particularly high due to the cancer being discovered so late in its development. Early detection is key!
90% of patients with oral cancers use tobacco. The risk of developing these cancers increases with the amount smoked or chewed and the duration of the habit. Smokers are 6 times more likely than non-smokers to develop these cancers.
75% to 80% of all patients with oral cancer drink alcohol frequently. These cancers are about 6 times more common in drinkers than in non-drinkers.
More than 30% of patients with cancers of the lip have outdoor jobs associated with prolonged exposure to sunlight.
A diet low in fruits and vegetables is associated with an increased risk of developing cancer of the oral cavity.
If There Was a Simple, Quick, and Painless Way to Screen for Cancer, Wouldn't You Do It?
We're proud to offer VELscope oral cancer screenings at our local dentist office! This simple procedure uses natural tissue fluorescence to discover abnormalities in the oral mucosa- put simply, we're able to shine a light into your mouth to determine if you have oral cancer. It's a quick, painless, and affordable way to ensure your good health. Remember, early detection is CRITICAL!
Reduce the Risks of Oral Cancer by Choosing to:
- Not smoke or chew tobacco.
- Drink less alcohol.
- Eat a healthier "low meat, low fat" diet, rich in vegetables and fruit.