Oral Cancer Detection
Las Vegas & Henderson NV
Can Oral Cancer Be Detected Early? While difficult it can be possible. Detection relies upon a well trained dentist who has tools that can help the diagnosis. One such tool is called the Velscope enhanced oral assessement tool.
The Velscope oral cancer VELscope light technology uses fluorescence of the tissues to allows detection of changes of the oral tissues in a non-evasive manner. This gives your dentist an extra view into your tissues beyond a thorough head and neck examination. These examination should be performed routinely at your dental visits.
The VELscope technology does not have the ability to diagnose oral cancer by itself, but is used for additional information along with a thorough head and neck examination by your dentist.
The VELscope will not determine whether or not the change in oral tissues is cancerous. It simply cannot replace a surgical biopsy. It simply aids in finding abnormalities not visible to the naked eye that may require further examination.
VELscope Can Save Lives
Over 50,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oropharyngeal or oral cancer this year alone. It will cause almost 10,000 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day for the entire year. Of those 50,000 or so newly diagnosed oral cancer cases, about 57% will be alive in 5 years.
The death rate of oral cancer is higher than that of cancers which we routinely hear about such as cervical cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, laryngeal cancer, testicular cancer, and many others.
The death rate for oral cancer is particularly high not because it is hard to discover or diagnose, but due to this type of cancer being routinely discovered in its later stages. In many cases oral cancer is only discovered when the cancer has metastasized to another location, most likely the lymph nodes of the neck.
Prognosis at this stage of discovery is significantly worse than when it is caught in a localized intra oral area. Besides the metastasis the primary tumor has had time to invade deep into local structures.
“I personally never charge anything extra for use of the VELscope system. It is too important a tool to not use it on every patient that undergoes treatment in my office. When it comes to possibly saving lives I feel we should provide the highest level of care along with the latest technology to do the job. VELscope is that tool.“
- Marielaina Perrone DDS
Risk Factors Of Oral Cancer
-HPV (human papilloma virus): Contact with HPV 16 (a sexually transmitted disease) has been found to be linked to certain oral cancers.-Age: Oral cancer risk increases with age; It is predominantly seen in people 40 and over.
-Tobacco: The majority of cancer cases are associated with any form of tobacco use.
-Alcohol: Heavy alcohol consumption increases the risk of oral cancer and those risks are even greater with combined use of alcohol and cigarettes.
-Diet: A diet that lacks proper nutrition such as vegetables and fruits can increase the risk of oral cancer (as well as other types of cancer).
-A persistent sore throat that does not get better over time.
-Increased difficulty swallowing.
-Increased difficulty chewing.
-Lump in lining of mouth.
-White or reddish patch inside mouth or on the lips.
-Pain in the Jaws.
-Tongue pain or numbness.
-A feeling that something is caught in your throat (even though nothing is there).