Did you now that over 43,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer every year? Of that number, nearly half will succumb to the disease within five years following diagnosis. The high mortality rate of oral cancer is due to the fact that most people don’t receive a diagnosis until the cancer has progressed. This reduces the chances of a recovery. To maintain your health and uncover the earliest signs of oral cancer, you should always undergo a thorough oral cancer screening.
How Often Should You Have an Oral Cancer Screening?
We offer oral cancer screenings as part of our dental examinations. The American Dental Association recommends that people receive a dental exam twice a year. This gives you the opportunity to undergo an oral cancer screening once every six months, boosting the chances of uncovering the earliest warning signs. There are also signs you can watch for. Common symptoms of oral cancer include:
- Rough spots or swelling in the mouth
- Red or red and white speckled patches in the mouth
- Numbness or unexplained bleeding
- Sores that last more than two weeks
- Sore throat, voice change, or pain when eating
- Dramatic weight loss
If you encounter one or more of these symptoms, then schedule an oral cancer screening with our office right away. Remember, an early diagnosis increases the chances of enjoying a full recovery.
Advanced Screenings with VELscope Technology
To perform an oral cancer screening, we use VELscope technology. This device employs fluorescence to allow our dentists to identify cancerous and precancerous spots and lesions. The entire procedure can be conducted in about two minutes. Patients report that the screenings are comfortable and non-invasive. Should we uncover any possible indicators of oral cancer, we may order a biopsy or contact a specialist.
About Your Canyon Country Dentists
At A New Smile Dental Group, our dentists strive to offer each patient individual care and access to the latest in modern dentistry at an affordable price. If you would like to schedule a consultation, contact us at our Canyon Country office at (661) 251-0480. We proudly serve communities in Canyon Country, Santa Clarita, Castaic, and Stevenson Ranch.