Each year, more than 3000 Canadians are diagnosed with Oral Cancer. Most oral cancers (cancer of the mouth, lips, tongue, or throat) begin in the tongue or floor of the mouth. As, approximately 1000 Canadians die from these forms of cancer each year, early detection is key and can make all the difference when it comes to surviving the disease.
Oftentimes individuals ignore potential signs or symptoms such as:
• white or dark red patches
• lumps/ bumps (or other changes in texture)
• abnormal bleeding
• difficulty swallowing
• changes in taste
Even if you are aware of these signs and symptoms, it can be difficult to detect oral cancer on your own. For this reason, regular visits to the dentist are imperative as dentists and hygienists are trained to detect oral cancer in its early stages. At K&H dental we include the Velscope as a fundamental component to our comprehensive oral cancer examination. The Velscope helps dentists identify abnormal tissues including cancerous and pre-cancerous lesions that otherwise might not be detected by the naked eye. It is safe, painless and takes less then 3 minutes.
Source: Medicine Net/The Spectator