Almost 50,000 Americans are affected by oral cancer every year. For these patients, the best route to survival is through early diagnosis and treatment. The Vizilite Plus system is used in our office for this purpose. We can detect the earliest signs of oral cancer in our office with this advanced oral cancer screening. See your dentist once yearly for this fast and painless procedure. Taking this simple step could ultimately be the difference between life and death.
What Happens During an Oral Cancer Screening?
The ViziLite Plus oral cancer screening system allows Dr. Ollech to evaluate and monitor oral abnormalities. The ViziLite can detect suspicious lesions even in their earliest stages. This small device will make it easy for your dentist to see all areas of your mouth while you remain comfortable and relaxed.
During your oral cancer screening, Dr. Ollech will search for unusual bumps or appearance of the cheeks, on the tongue, or around the gums. She will ask you about your family history and any symptoms you may be experiencing. The inside of your mouth will be examined using the special Vizilite Plus light tube. If Dr. Ollech discovers any indication of oral cancer, she will guide you through the next stages of testing.
Why are Oral Cancer Screenings so Important?
Studies over the years have proven that oral cancer is one of the most common cancers on earth. No one ever expects cancer — all you can do is receive regular screenings to ensure total health. Even if you have not noticed any signs or symptoms, the Visilite Plus can detect early stage areas that you can’t see. The earlier you can detect oral cancer, the higher your chance of recovery will be.
Who Is At Risk?
Who is at risk for oral cancer?
- Smokers (cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hooka and other inhaled products)
- Alcohol consumption is a risk factor
- Certain genetic disorders increase risk of oral cancer
- People who have been exposed to HPV (Human Papilloma Viruses)
- Men are at a greater risk than women, but both genders are succeptible to oral cancer
- Betel leaf chewers
Some of the Warning Signs of Oral Cancer Include:
- White spots on your gums, lips, cheeks or tongue
- Bleeding in the mouth
- Oral numbness
- Sores on cheeks and gums that do not heal
- Swelling in or around the oral cavity
Early detection and prevention can turn a potentially tragic story into a happy one. Call us at Dental Design of Rockland to schedule your quick and easy oral cancer screening today.