Southwest Dental Care

Is Oral Cancer a Concern?

Posted Apr 27th, 2016 in General

Is Oral Cancer a Concern? - By Dr. Tuckwood

According Health Canada and the BC Cancer Agency, the incidence of Oral Cancer is rising. It is the 13th most common cancer in Canada, with a 5-year survival rate of 63%.

Some Oral Cancer risk factors include smoking, poor diet, excessive alcohol consumption, HPV infection, sun exposure, and age (40+).

Early detection increases the likelihood of successful treatment, and dental professionals are often the first to identify a potentially cancerous lesion. During your visit with us, a cancer screening is performed along with your dental examination. We also offer the VELscope™ device that further increases our ability to find cancerous lesions early.

We can also discuss smoking cessation with you, to help eliminate one of the major risk factors of Oral Cancer.

Please let us know if you are interested in making a VELscope exam a part of your next appointment.

Oral Cancer may present as:

- red or white lesions
- bleeding, sore or ulcerated areas
- abnormal growths that change with time
- difficulty swallowing
- lesions that do not heal after 2-3 week

Treat yourself to a brighter smile with Southwest Dental Care!