Each year, oral cancer kills more people than brain cancer, cervical cancer, and testicular cancer yet remains highly unaware by the general public. Just over half of the 30,000 Americans who will contract oral cancer in 2015 will live more than five years without treatment.
While abstaining from alcohol and tobacco is great, it does not eliminate your chances to contract oral cancer. Over 25% of all oral cancer cases are diagnosed from patients who have abstained from both substances. The only way to stay protected from oral cancer is to get annual oral cancer screenings.
Most dentists perform an oral cancer exam during a regular dental checkup. However, one of the biggest difficulties in diagnosing oral cancer is that the symptoms look extremely similar to less serious problems. The VELscope® System affords the dentist important insight as to what is happening beneath the surface.
Here are some of the advantages of visiting Alexander Dental and having a cancer screening with a VELscope® System:
- Can be combined with digital photography.
- Detects lesions, white and red patches.
- Detects problem areas that cannot be seen under white light.
- Exposes precancerous and cancerous tissue.
- Helps dentists check that diseased soft tissue is completely removed.
- Helps diagnose oral cancer in its earliest stages, exponentially increasing the chance of survival.
- Quick, painless examinations.
Dr. Kasiri and his team at his Plano, TX dentist office and his McKinney, TX dentist office can perform a VELscope® exam in just two or three minutes. This painless, noninvasive procedure saves many lives every single year.
So what actually happens during a VELscope exam?
Dr. Kasiri examines your glands, tongue, cheeks, teeth and palate. Next, he’ll provide you with a pre-rinse solution to swill around your mouth. Your Plano dentist then provides you with special eyewear to protect your eyes as he examines your oral cavity with the VELscrope®.
The small VELscope® is bent to project blue light inside your mouth. Lesions and other indicators of oral cancer are easily noticeable because they appear much darker under the specialized light. If symptoms are noted, the dentist may take a biopsy there and then to determine whether or not this is oral cancer. The results of the biopsy dictate the best course of action from there. Otherwise, another oral cancer screening is performed in one year’s time.
If you have any questions or concerns about oral cancer screening or the VELscope® system, please contact the office closest to your location. For your convenience, we have dental offices in both Plano, Texas and McKinney Texas. Get your Texas oral cancer screening today.
Plano, TX dentist office – Call 972-509-9399
McKinney, TX dentist office – Call 214-504-0500
VELscope: Get it early. Get it all. ™