Preventive Oral Cancer Screening
Oral Cancer is a Serious Form of Cancer That Can’t Be Overlooked
In fact, oral cancer kills more people than cervical cancer, brain cancer, and testicular cancer each year and is seldom mentioned. Each year, over 30,000 Americans will get oral cancer, and unfortunately, only 57% of these people will survive for more than five years. Late-stage oral cancer has around a 15% survivor rate at five years. McOmie Family Dentistry is engaged in the fight against oral cancer and is determined to do all we can to help; this is why we incorporate the Velscope in our dental practice. It helps us catch oral cancer early, early-stage oral cancer has an 85% cure rate. Early detection is the key. Low-grade oral cancers are more easily treated late-stage oral cancer treatment is much more complicated.
Even if you don’t smoke, use chewing tobacco or use alcohol, you still need to get tested. Tobacco and alcohol use does contribute to oral cancer; however, 25% of those diagnosed refrain from both substances.
Annual oral cancer screenings are the best way to stay protected from oral cancer. We perform an oral cancer exam during your regular dental checkup using an FDA-approved VELscope to help detect oral cancer in its earliest stages. McOmie Family Dentistry is one of the few dental practices to employ this powerful diagnostic tool. The VELscope highlights precancerous and cancerous cell changes using a blue excitation lamp and allows us to see what is happening beneath the surface.
The healthy soft tissue inside the mouth easily absorbs the VELscope frequency of blue light while the healthy areas below the surface appear green, and the trouble areas show much darker.
Reason to Get Checked Once a Year:
- It could save your life
- Early diagnosis of oral cancer in its beginning stages, greatly increases the chance of survival
- Detects problem areas that cannot be seen under white light
- Find precancerous and cancerous tissue
- Peace of mind knowing that you are safe
- Quick, easy, and painless examinations
- Takes under a minute
If symptoms are found, we may take a biopsy to determine whether or not it is oral cancer. The results of the biopsy dictate the best course of action from there. If nothing is found we will schedule another oral cancer screening in one year’s time.
Our Promise To You
Why Choose McOmie Family Dentistry for Your Oral Cancer Screening Test
At our Chattanooga dental office, we take cancer seriously and knowing early is key to beating it. We’ll take the time to explain every step of the process to avoid surprises along the way. You can trust us to deliver exceptional results! With so many options available, it can be difficult knowing which procedure will work best for you but don’t worry – we have years of experience helping patients just like yourself get their dream smiles back in no time at all!
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