VELscope Screening for Oral Cancer Can Save Your Life
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s an important reminder for women to get screened. It’s also a good time for all of us to get checked for other serious conditions, like oral cancer.
The Oral Cancer Foundation estimates that approximately 48,000 new cases are diagnosed throughout the U.S. annually, with around 9,500 people losing their lives from the disease. What can you do to make sure your dentist detects oral cancer as early as possible?
Understanding the VELscope
The VELscope is a device that saves lives through early oral cancer detection. This technology uses Fluorescence Visualization to locate cancer. Bright blue light is shone inside the mouth to illuminate lesions that would otherwise not be noticeable to the human eye.
VELscope can be combined with digital photography. It is FDA-approved and will expose both pre-cancerous and cancerous tissue. It’s painless and takes little time to use.
Signs of Oral Cancer
Early detection plays a significant role in a patient’s cancer survival rate. The symptoms of oral cancer are often misidentified. This leads to late detection which increases the mortality rate. If you experience any of the following, you should have an oral cancer screening right away:
- Sore in mouth that doesn’t heal
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing
- Persistent mouth pain
- Lump in cheek
- Bad breath that won’t go away
- Chronic hoarseness and voice changes
- Red or white patch on gums, tonsil, tongue, or inside mouth
- Jaw swelling that affects dentures
- A mass or lump in neck
- Unexplained weight loss
Make Your Oral Cancer Screening Appointment Today
Now is the best time to get checked for oral cancer. Early detection can mean the difference between life and death. Contact Goldstein Dental Group today to schedule a VELscope screening that could save your life.