Regular screenings can show a change in oral tissues resulting in early detection of oral cancer.
What is oral cancer screening?
Oral cancer screening is performed by a dentist which involves an examination of the mouth to look for signs of cancer or precancerous conditions.
With any form of cancer, if it is identified earlier then there is a greater chance the treatment will be successful.
Oral Cancer screening method:
The screening can take place during a regular check-up and extra tests can be carried out if necessary.
The method we use within our practise is the VELscope® Vx Enhanced Oral Assessment System. This centres on a wireless, handheld scope that uses natural tissue fluorescence to enhance the way clinicians visualise oral mucosal abnormalities that might not be apparent or even visible to the naked eye. A VELscope® Vx exam can be performed in the dentist’s office during a routine hygiene exam in about two minutes.
The VELscope® Vx adjunctive device is effective for the enhanced visualisation of changes in the tissues.
Who is most at risk of getting oral cancer?
People who are more at risk of oral cancer may benefit from regular oral cancer screens, although this is not proven, it is highly suggested. Factors which could increase the risk of oral cancer include:
- Heavy alcohol consumption
- Heavy tobacco use
- History of sun exposure or lip cancer
- Previous oral cancer diagnosis
Oral Cancer Screening West End
At My Dental Care @ West End, we provide a wide range of general dental services including oral cancer screening. Get checked and minimise your risk of oral cancer with the help from our dedicated team.
Contact us today and take that step towards improving your smile and overall oral health.