If oral cancer is detected in early stages, the five-year survival rate can be 80% or higher. If it's detected in late stages, however, the survival rate is only around 20%
Oral cancer screenings are a very important part of the dental visit for a patient. With the advances in modern technology, we are now able to pinpoint the start of a potential problem much earlier in its evolution. The ability to do so is extremely important in being able to treat any issues prior to them becoming a major irreversible problem.
Big City Dental has invested in a wonderful new screening device called the VELscope. This device allows us to check for possible problems including inflammation, infections, pre cancerous, and cancerous tissue.
An annual oral cancer screening is recommended for all patients, so make sure you request one at your next dental visit.
Listen to Dr. Oz talk about the rise of oral cancer and the importance of getting screened by your dentist: