Oral Cancer Screening and Emergency Services
Oral Cancer Screening and early detection can save your life, which is why at Alma Dental Centre, we provide regular screening and emergency dental services if you suspect something is wrong.
Our team uses the VELscope for oral cancer screening which is a safe and revolutionary handheld device that shines a blue light and highlights abnormal oral tissue and lesions that could indicate oral cancer. CTV recently produced a news feature covering the rise of oral cancer amongst young adults. While the cause for this is unknown, patients should know that oral cancer can be a reality whether you use tobacco products or not. There is a concern that the HPV virus, commonly known as a sexually transmitted disease, might be playing a role.
Here’s a short segment from the Dr. Oz show on the oral cancer screening process and how the Velscope device works:
Oral Cancer can be a potentially deadly type of cancer but if detected early, the survival rate for patients with oral cancer is 83%. Late detection, however, gives patients only a 32% chance of survival.
The VELscope is a safe and revolutionary handheld device that shines a blue light and highlights abnormal oral tissue and lesions that could indicate oral cancer. VELscope doesn’t use any dyes or rinses and is completely non-invasive and pain-free.
A VELscope exam will typically take no more than 5 minutes and has no side effects. In this short time, your oral health care professional can investigate any abnormal oral tissue and help prevent not just oral cancer but fungal infections and bacterial growth.
Early detection is key in the fight against oral cancer so contact our friendly dental staff and book your VELscope appointment for your peace of mind and excellent oral health. If you require other emergency dental services, please view our complete list and contact us to learn more.
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