Oral Cancer Screenings

When one North American dies every hour of every day, and the mortality rate from this disease hasn’t been reduced significantly within the past three decades, it’s become obvious that we have neglected the importance of oral cancer screening. Don’t be a statistic! Call us to set up your oral cancer screening today. It’s a minimal financial investment that could save your life.

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Facts About Oral Cancer

  • Approximately 45,750 North Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year.
  • Only a little more than half of those 45,750 will still be alive within 5 years.
  • If you are sexually active, you are at risk for oral cancer.
  • The majority of people with oral cancer smoke, chew tobacco and consume alcohol.
  • While victims have traditionally been over 40 years of age, younger, sexually active people are now being diagnosed

What is the Risk Factor for Oral Cancer?

While there are many risk factors for oral cancer, below are a few main factors involved:

  • Age – Adults over 40 are historically more at risk than others
  • Viral infections such as HPV, HPV16 (particularly in the back of the mouth) and HPV18
  • Lichen planus – an inflammatory disease of the oral soft tissue

What are the Signs & Symptoms of Oral Cancer?

While this form of cancer typically goes unnoticed in its early stages, our expert dentists at Advanced Dentistry South Florida can see cancer while still at or near its smallest stage. Your dentist may see a small, white, or reddish area in the mouth’s tissue, which is an indication of oral cancer. Another sign may be a single ulcer visible to your dentist that resembles a canker sore.

The inside our your mouth will go through tissue changes due to biting, scraping, or scratching for various reasons. If you notice that a bite or tear hasn’t healed within a couple of weeks, it is recommended that you call us right away to get it to check out. Please don’t wait until it’s too late.

VelScope Oral Cancer Screening

Velscope is a non-invasive, handheld screening device that the dentist or dental hygienist uses to emit a harmless, bright blue light used to inspect the mouth and tongue.

The device is sensitive to abnormal tissue changes, and the distinctive blue-spectrum light causes the soft tissue (oral mucosa) of the mouth to fluoresce naturally. Healthy tissues fluoresce in distinct patterns that may be visibly disrupted when tissue undergoes an abnormal change (which can occur in the oral mucosa for many reasons,) such as when associated with dysplasia or oral cancer.

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