One American dies every hour from oral cancer. Incidence and mortality rates continue to rise. And late detection of oral cancer is the main reason. As with most cancers, age is the maine risk factor for oral cancer. Tobacco and alcohol use are other major predisposing risk factors. More than 25% of oral cancer victims have no such lifestyle risk factors. Studies also suggest that human papillomavirus (HPV 16/18) plays a role in more than 20% of oral cancer cases.
Oral cancer risk by patient profile is as follows:
We have recently incorporated Velscope into our oral screenings. Velscope, along with a standard oral cancer exam, improves the ability to identify suspicious areas at their earliest stages.
Velscope is similar to early detection procedures for other cancers, such as mammography, Pap smear, and PSA. It is a simple and painless exam that gives the best chance to find any oral abnormalities at the earliest possible stage.
Early detection of pre-cancerous tissue can minimize or eliminate the potentially disfiguring effects of oral cancer. And possibly save your life. The Velscope exam will be offered to you annually.