Oral cancer is one of the few types of cancer that has not experienced a significantly reduced mortality rate in the past 30 years. Oral cancer has traditionally been associated with tobacco usage and it’s true that the majority of oral cancer victims smoke or use chewing tobacco, consume alcohol and are over 40. More and more however, oral cancer is striking younger people.
As a result, health care experts recommend annual oral cancer screenings for all adults aged 18 and older. If you smoke or use chewing tobacco, screenings are recommended every six months. Our practice has purchased a state-of-the-art device called the VELscope Oral Cancer Screening System. The VELscope exam takes about two minutes as a part of a regular hygiene check-up, involves no pain or inconvenience, and is a completely safe. We think you’ll appreciate the peace of mind this screening can provide.