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ORAL CANCER SCREENING

Oral cancer (also know as cancer of the mouth) is a terrible threat to the health of people across the globe.  If not diagnosed in its early stages, oral cancer can spread leading to chronic pain, loss of function, facial and oral disfigurement and even death.Slave Lake Dental uses VELscope technology to help detect this terrible disease earlier. Early detection is critical to the success of oral cancer treatment and the best way for patients to protect themselves from the devastating effects of this disease.

Oral cancer leads to 1090 deaths in Canada each year because it was detected too late for effective treatment.

Who Gets Oral Cancer?

Heavy drinkers and people who smoke or use other tobacco products are at a higher risk. Oral cancer is most common in people over age 50. However anyone could develop oral cancer. 

Early Detection Can Save Lives

The good news is that the earlier oral cancer is detected and treated, the better the outcome - which is just one of the many reasons you should visit your dentist regularly.  Detected early, abnormal lesions and pre-cancerous lumps can be successfully treated. As part of your exam, your dentist will check for oral cancer indicators, including feeling for lumps or irregular tissue in your mouth, head and neck. That's why Slave Lake Dental has invested in the VELscope, state-of-the-art, oral cancer screening technology.

 

VELscope is a simple, pain free device that identifies cancerous and pre-cancerous tissues in their very early stages. It saves lives. That is why we encourage our patients to schedule their regular oral cancer screenings once a year. The process is completely non-invasive, easy and does not take long. 

If you have any questions about oral cancer, oral cancer screenings or oral cancer treatment, please call us today!

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