Are you at risk of oral cancer?
One person dies of oral cancer every hour of every day in America. It has become the sixth leading cancer among men and is one of the few cancers in which the rate of detection is increasing among young adults. Most people are not aware of the potential risks; however, when detected early enough, the survival rate for oral cancer is very high.
At one time, oral cancer was seen predominantly among smokers. However, oral cancer is increasingly being seen in patients of all ages. Although smoking is still a leading factor, many other criteria such as age, family history, ethnicity and alcoholic consumption also play a role. Many experts have surmised that an increasing cause is exposure to the HPV virus, which is the primary precursor of cervical cancer. These various factors all point towards the need for better technology to assist in the early detection of this curable disease.
Possible Signs & Symptoms of Oral Cancer:
- White or red patches anywhere in the oral cavity
- Sores in the oral cavity, especially those that heal slowly or bleed easily
- Lumps or thickening of tissue anywhere in the throat or mouth
- Difficulty chewing, swallowing, or moving your jaw or tongue
- Pains, sores, or irritation anywhere in your mouth, lip or throat
Abnormal swelling, pain, sores, irritation or numbness in the oral cavity may be a symptom of oral cancer. Please request an oral cancer screening if you have had any of the above symptoms persist for an extended period.
Need to Schedule an Oral Cancer Screening?
Schedule an appointment to receive an oral cancer screening. The exam is painless, takes only a few minutes, and oral cancer is more successfully treated when detected early.
Quick & Painless Evaluation with VELscope!
We at BDG use a new and exciting technology called VELscope®, which utilizes a narrow band of safe, high-energy blue light and specialized filtering technology to help thoroughly evaluate the oral tissue for abnormal areas of concern, such as potentially cancerous lesions that may not be evident under white light.
VELscope will be offered as the standard of care for all new patients as part of their initial exam and for returning patients on an annual basis.
We believe that this new technology will assist us in detecting disease at earlier stages and therefore catch abnormalities before they turn into cancer.
You can find more information at VELscope’s Website.
Insurance Information for Oral Cancer Screenings
Your insurance may or may not cover the fee for this care. Coverage for this procedure (like most dentist procedures) usually varies among insurance companies; however, this minimal fee is well worth the benefit that this new device provides. These screenings will decrease your chances of needing to see a Las Vegas emergency dentist, so don’t delay if you feel you are at risk.
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