Oral Cancer Screening
Oral Cancer Screening Detection and Diagnosis in Glen Cove
Regular screening for oral cancer is an important routine of good oral health. Dentists at One and Truly Dental use advanced oral cancer screening methods so that their patients in Glen Cove can feel confident about the findings.
It is important to see your dentist every 6 months for a routine checkup and have regular oral screening. Getting screened twice a year is the best way to ensure cancer is caught in its early stages when it is most treatable.
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Get Screened for Oral Office at Our Office in Glen Cove, NY
At One and Truly Dental, Glen Cove, Dr. Chitvan Gupta, and her team routinely perform oral cancer screening at your checkup visits. We offer a more in-depth procedure for screening using VELscope.
VELscope is an avant-garde hand-held technology that offers a non-invasive method to diagnose hidden oral diseases. It’s an oral screening tool. Normal VELscope exam takes approximately two minutes as part of the routine hygiene check-up. It involves no pain or discomfort and is completely safe. Moreover, the VELscope system helps dentists to envision abnormalities in the mucosal tissues of your mouth, lips, and throat which are not visible to the naked eye.
How does the VELscope Work?
The VELscope emits a safe blue light into the mouth that excites the molecules of the oral mucosal tissue and causes fluoresce. This is a painless procedure. Healthy tissue appears as a bright glowing apple-green whereas the suspicious areas are dark. The dentists can view the difference in fluorescence responses and help to tell between the normal and abnormal tissues.
VELscope when used in combination with typical oral cancer screening procedures, it facilitates the early detection of abnormalities. Our dentists view the inside of your mouth through the VELscope lens and in about two minutes they can tell you about your oral health.
What is Oral Cancer?
Oral cancer is referred to as the cancer of the tongue, lip, palate, larynx, part of the nose, and mouth floor. More than 8,000 deaths occur as a result of oral cancer and over 30,000 new cases of the same are reported every year according to the Center for Disease Control.
The primary risk factor for 75% of the oral cancer patients in the US has been identified as consumption of Tobacco (cigar smoking, pipe, cigarette, and chewing) combined with heavy alcoholism. Besides, the other risk factors include:
- Exposure to ultraviolet light
- Poor nutrition
- Immune deficiencies
- Viral infections
- Some occupational exposures
Patients who have oral cancer develop multiple primary lesions and are at risk of developing secondary cancer somewhere in the oral cavity, larynx, pharynx, lungs, or esophagus. Persons over 40 years of age are at more risk of getting oral cancer and the average diagnosis age is 60 years.
The average 5-year survival rate for oral cancer is 50% that is quite poor despite chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. Though the survival rate of other cancers including prostate and breast cancer has improved during the past sixteen years.
Importance of Early Detection
It’s the matter of life and death! Oral cancer is often diagnosed at late stages when the 5-year survival is way less to 30% only. If detected early, the survival rate leaps to 82%. A two-minute oral exam can transform a routine dental checkup into a life-saving experience.
Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiations are methods to treat oral cancer that are disfiguring and expensive. Prevention of high-risk behaviors including cigar, pipe, or cigarette smoking, excessive use of alcohol, or using smokeless tobacco is critical to prevent oral cancer. Thus, diagnosis at early stages is important to improve the survival rate.
Symptoms of Oral Cancer
- A mouth sore that is not healing and bleeds easily
- Persistent red or white patches in the mouth
- Lesions, lump, soreness, rough spot, or thickening on tongue, lips, throat, or mouth
- Difficulty in speaking, and chewing, eating, and swallowing drinks and food
Being painless, early symptoms of oral cancer are difficult to detect without a thorough examination by a dental professional.
If you are experiencing the signs of oral cancer, contact us today!
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70 Glen St
#240 Glen Cove NY
Monday: 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Tuesday: 9:30AM – 7:00PM
Wednesday: 2:00PM – 6:00PM
Thursday: 9:30AM – 7:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM – 2:00PM