Oral cancer can be hard to diagnosis early, meaning that it has a low survival rate as most people aren’t diagnosed until the cancer has progressed significantly and has reached its late stages. However, advances in technology have helped our Hermitage dentist detect signs of oral cancer sooner, allowing for early and more effective treatment. To ensure the best chance of spotting cancer early, scheduling regular exams with Dr. Spadafora, and discussing any abnormalities you notice will help prevent oral cancer progression.
Causes of Oral Cancer
Oral cancer occurs when the cells in the mouth undergo a change in DNA. While these changes may not always have a cause, there are certain risk factors that can increase your chances of developing oral cancer. Some of these risk factors include:
- Excessive tobacco use
- Alcohol abuse
- A weakened immune system
Velscope Cancer Screening
Using the Velscope cancer screening device, Dr. Spadafora is able to detect abnormalities that might be hard to see or are invisible to the naked eye. As a result, the Velscope helps with earlier diagnoses and gives patients a better chance of remission.
Velscope cancer screening consists of using a handheld device that emits a blue light. The light causes the tissues in the mouth to fluoresce in a way that helps detect normal and abnormal tissues. When the pattern associated with healthy tissue is disrupted, it may indicate the presence of oral cancer. Used in conjunction with intra and extraoral cameras, Velscope can help give our Hermitage dentist a better chance of finding and treating oral cancer at an early stage.
Benefits of Velscope Cancer Screening
Early detection is key when it comes to treating oral cancer. Velscope makes that easier by allowing Dr. Spadafora to develop a treatment plan that will give you the best chance of beating the disease. Velscope offers many benefits over other traditional methods of oral cancer detection which includes:
- An efficient way to test for oral cancer
- No need for dyes or prolonged testing
- Simple and non-invasive process
- Early detection, meaning less invasive treatment
- Quick and painless procedure, adding only 2 minutes to oral exams
Visit Dr. Dale F. Spadafora Today!
If you notice any changes in your oral health or are concerned about your risk of oral cancer, Dr. Spadafora can help! At Dale F. Spadafora, we use Velscope cancer screening to detect diseases early. Contact our Hermitage dentist today and see how Velscope can help find signs of oral cancer, giving you a better chance of remission.