Over 37,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. Thankfully, oral cancer can be caught in its early stages through an oral cancer screening at your next dentist appointment.
VELscope is an oral cancer screening device our Wyoming dentist uses to detect the early signs of mouth cancer.
You will have a higher risk for mouth cancer if you:
- Use tobacco products
- Excessively drink alcohol
- Have a family history of cancer
- Spend a lot of time outside exposed to UV rays
It’s important to know that even someone who doesn’t have risk factors for oral cancer could still develop the disease. Our Wyoming family dentist will be able to look over your medical history to determine your risk for oral cancer. Our VELscope oral cancer screening is designed to catch cancer in its earliest stages so you have the best chance for survival. Left untreated or undetected, oral cancer can spread to other parts of your body and become fatal.
Dr. Helmus DDS at River Ridge Family & Cosmetic Dentistry helps patients improve cancer survival rates through regular mouth cancer screenings. If you are interested in learning more about oral cancer screenings or our other preventative dentistry services, call our Wyoming preventative dentistry at (616) 538-7320.