About Oral Cancer

Did you know that oral cancer steals the life of one American every hour, and that only half of the patients diagnosed with oral cancer will survive more than five years? Often detected in the later stages, oral cancer has a higher mortality rate than Hodgkin’s disease, brain, liver, kidney, and ovarian cancer. Treatment for oral cancer can cause disfigurement and largely reduce the patient’s quality of life. Therefore, prevention is the best medicine.

The Test that Saves Lives

Real patient of Lake Orion Family Dentistry.

Real patient of Lake Orion Family Dentistry.

With VELscope, an amazing new technology, dentists and hygienists can quickly screen for oral cancer. VELscope detects tissue abnormalities early, before they surface and cause visible lesions in the mouth. Early detection allows for early treatment, which can dramatically increase the survival rate to 80 percent or better. By using VELscope technology in combination with traditional visual exams, Dr. Greenfield can help save lives.

How VELScope Works

The VELscope wand utilizes a special type of light that causes abnormal tissues to appear a different color. Should Dr. Greenfield see abnormalities, he’ll recommend a biopsy, and refer you to a local oral surgeon.

When to Get Screened

All adults should have an annual VELscope exam, regardless of whether they are high risk. One quarter of oral cancer victims are non-smokers, do not drink, and have no lifestyle factors to increase their risk. Men over 40 are most prone to the disease, although the number of women with oral cancer has risen in recent years, due to the increased number of female smokers. Patients at high risk, including those that use tobacco, have viral infections, or suffer from autoimmune deficiencies such as HIV and diabetes, may need more frequent VELscope evaluations.

Schedule an Oral Cancer Screening

Dr. Greenfield will perform comprehensive oral cancer screening during your dental checkup appointments. To schedule your next visit, call Lake Orion Family Dentistry today at 248-693-6213. Located in Lake Orion, MI, we also proudly serve the residents of Auburn Hills, Rochester Hills, Clarkston, Oxford, all surrounding communities.

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