Oral Cancer Exam
Book Online! ACCEPTING insurances for Oral Cancer Exams with VELscope in Plantation and Fort Lauderdale. Finding oral cancer in its early stages is key to survival. Routine dental exam with VELscope Vx improves oral cancer morbidity and mortality. Oral pathologist dental experts now recommend oral cancer exam annually.
We are certified VELscope providers. When found at early stages of development, oral cancers have a 80 to 90% survival rate. Unfortunately the majority of the cases are found as late-stage cancers, accounting for the high death rate of about 45% at five years from diagnosis, and high treatment related morbidity in survivors.
- Found early, while still localized, its five-year survival rate is strong: about 83%. Only 33% of all oral cancer discoveries fall into this category.
- Found while Regional (after progressed to regional lymph nodes), the five-year survival rate drops significantly, to about 55%. Approximately 46% of all oral cancer discoveries are Regional.
- Found late, its five-year survival rate is poor: approximately 32%. This accounts for approximately 14% of all oral cancer findings.
Clearly, finding oral cancer in its early stages is key to survival. Routine dental exam with or without VELscope Vx examinations can improve the morbidity and mortality.
Oral Cancer Exam
Many dental oral pathologist experts now recommend that all adult patients over the age of 18 receive a thorough intra- and extra-oral head and neck exam annually.
Oral cancer is one of the most common cancers today and has one of the lowest survival rates, with thousands of new cases being reported each year. Fewer than half of all people diagnosed with oral cancer are ever cured.
Moreover, people with many forms of cancer can develop complications—some of them chronic and painful—from their treatment. These include dry mouth and overly sensitive teeth, as well as accelerated tooth decay.
If it is not treated in time, it could spread to other facial and neck tissues, leading to disfigurement and pain.
Older adults over the age of 40 (especially men) are most susceptible to developing oral cancer, but people of all ages are at risk.
Oral cancer can occur anywhere in the mouth, but the tongue appears to be the most common location. Other oral structures could include the lips, gums and other soft palate tissues in the mouth.
In general, early signs of oral cancer usually occur in the form of lumps, patchy areas and lesions, or breaks, in the tissues of the mouth. In many cases, these abnormalities are not painful in the early stages, making even self-diagnosis difficult.
Here are some additional warning signs:
- Hoarseness or difficulty swallowing.
- Unusual bleeding or persistent sores in the mouth that won't heal.
- Lumps or growths in other nearby areas, such as the throat or neck.
If a tumor is found, surgery will generally be required to remove it. Some facial disfigurement could also result.
Prevention is the key to staving off oral cancer. One of the biggest culprits is tobacco and alcohol use. Certain kinds of foods and even overexposure to the sun have also been linked to oral cancer. Some experts believe certain risk factors are also hereditary.
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is one of the best defenses against it. Maintaining good oral hygiene, and regular dental checkups, are highly recommended.