Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer strikes three times as many victims as cervical cancer. It is one of the few cancers that has not experienced a significant reduction in incidence over the past 30 years, and recent research indicates a strong link with Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which can be sexually transmitted. For this reason, many oral health care professionals now believe that all individuals over the age of 18 need at least one comprehensive oral examination per year, or, ideally, with every dental hygiene visit. While the incidence of oral cancer may be on the rise, early screening, diagnosis and treatment planning does save lives.
Signs You May Have Oral Cancer
- Swelling, lumps, erosion, or rough spots anywhere in the mouth.
- Developing "velvety" white, red, or white and red areas within the mouth.
- Bleeding unexpectedly in the mouth.
- Unexpected numbness, pain, or tenderness in the face, mouth, or neck.
- Lasting sores that bleed easily and do not heal within 14 days.
Both the US FDA and Health Canada have cleared the VELscope System™ for assisting dentists and hygienists in discovering cancerous or precancerous growths that may not be apparent to the naked eye.
VELscope Oral Assessment Cancer Screening in Marco Island
A screening with the VELscope System™ adds only one or two minutes of time to a conventional examination, and is completely free of any pain or discomfort. The VELscope System™ can also help discover abnormal growths before they become cancerous. "We have always conducted an annual comprehensive oral cancer screening for all of our patients, but now the VELscope System™ will help us see things we might have missed previously. By detecting potential problems earlier, we will be providing our patients with the best oral health care currently available", says Dr. Hermann J. Schulze. This valuable technology is used as a standard part of all comprehensive examinations at Island Tower Dentistry, with no additional charge to our patients.
Contact Island Tower Dentistry
Dr. Schulze, Dr. Santiago-Coiro, and their qualified team of dental hygienists, dental assistants and office personnel are ready to assist you with all of your dental needs. To contact Island Tower Dentistry regarding a dental concern or to make an appointment, call (239) 394-1004. Island Tower Dentistry is conveniently located at 606 Bald Eagle Drive, Suite 200, Marco Island, Florida 34145.