You don’t smoke, don’t drink, and you’ve never had health problems in your life. Why do you need an oral cancer screening?
The truth is that oral cancer is a silent, deadly epidemic that kills thousands of people in North America each year. Though tobacco and alcohol use are risk factors, oral cancer can be triggered by seemingly unrelated things such as sun exposure or even by certain viruses, like HPV.
Unfortunately, screening for oral cancer isn’t something you can do on your own. Most people aren’t able to tell there is any type of pre-cancerous or pathological tissue inside their mouth until it is in an advanced stage. As such, it becomes a serious risk to their life.
The most effective step in the treatment of oral cancer is an early diagnosis. That is why Dr. Raju Sarna and the team at Hawthorne Village Dental Care have put in place an in-depth screening process for each patient we see. Ask us Today!
Traditional Visual Exams vs. VELScope
Most dental offices perform a visual and manual cancer screening. This means looking inside of your mouth to identify any abnormal tissues, such as:
- Sores that aren’t healing
- Red, white, or speckled patches that differ from the skin around them
- Lumps, bumps, and sunken-in tissues
- Swelling in the lymph nodes etc.
But some of the changes in your tissues occur at small cellular levels, which can’t be seen with the naked eye. That is why Dr. Sarna and team rely on VELScope to enhance the screening process.
With VELScope, we can illuminate abnormal and precancerous tissues, making them stand out during your exam. As such, we are able to identify them earlier and make a proper diagnosis for quicker, more effective oral cancer treatment.
If necessary, we can do a biopsy or refer you to an oral cancer specialist for formal diagnosis and further screening.
VELScope Could Save Your Life!