Oral Cancer Screening - Smile Solutions Dental Centre
Smile Solutions Dental Centre
Oral Cancer Screening, Cancer Screening
Oral cancer kills one person every hour, 24 hours per day in
North America, and its incidence is increasing. Unlike many other
forms of cancer, the survival rate has not improved significantly
in decades. The 5-year survival rate is quite low, at 52%, but
increases dramatically to 80-90% when the cancer is detected in its
early stages. Unfortunately, only about 35% of cases are diagnosed
in the early stages. This sad fact is because most cancers start
below the surface of the tissues in the mouth, where they cannot be
detected by the naked eye. Until recently, there have been few
advances in cancer screening technology.
At our dental practice, we take the health of our patients very
seriously. We are happy to provide to our patients the latest in
oral cancer screening technology, the Velscope. The Velscope uses a
specific wavelength of light that causes healthy tissue to
fluoresce, or glow, when observed through a special lens. Unhealthy
tissue shows as a dark shadow, and indicates the need for further
investigation. Fortunately, not every shadow means cancer;
something as simple as a pizza burn can show up as a dark patch. If
we find something unusual, we will usually have you back for a
second screening two weeks later to see if the shadow is still
present. If it is, further testing is then required to determine
the exact nature of the dark spot.
We recommend that our patients undergo screening with the Velscope
once per year, as per the recommendation of our medical doctor
colleagues. We also usually recommend an X-ray that shows the jaws
clearly every five years, to screen for cysts and other problems
that occasionally appear in the jaw bones.
For more information on the Velscope and cancer screening, please
visit www.velscope.com .
, Oral Cancer Screening