Oral cancer affects nearly 35,000 Americans every year. Early detection and treatment are key to improving outcomes in patients with oral cancer. This begins with a regular oral cancer screening every six months. An oral cancer screening takes just minutes, is pain-free, and is performed during preventative dental visits. If you are male, a regular oral cancer screening is especially critical, since oral cancer is more than twice as common in men as it is in women. Other people at high risk for oral cancer include those over the age of 60, tobacco users, and heavy drinkers.
In order to provide the most advanced standard of care available, our office offers VELscope Vx examinations. Because early identification of abnormal soft tissue is so important, we are proud to utilize this advanced technology that allows us to detect these abnormalities even before they can be seen under ordinary light. The exam takes only two minutes, and it can help to identify any areas that might, if not treated, progress to oral cancer.