We’re at the tail end of April now, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to let you know about Oral Cancer Awareness Month. The primary purpose of Oral cancer Awareness Month is, of course, to educate patients about oral cancer. Every year, oral cancer claims more lives than Hodgkin’s disease and a host of cancers that includes brain, liver, kidney, ovarian, and cervical cancer.
But just as important as raising awareness is encouraging patients to make oral cancer screenings a regular part of their dental care. Different doctors use different methods for screening patients, but at Dr. Polansky’s Cherry Hill dental office, we’re using a tool that stands out from the rest—it’s called VELscope.
VELscope is a fluorescence-based system that makes it possible for Dr. Polansky to diagnose oral cancer during its earliest stages, when it’s easier to treat. A screening takes just seconds to complete and works by illuminating abnormal cells so that they stand out from the rest of your smile.
Because these spots may not even be visible to the naked eye, an oral cancer screening with VELscope has a definite advantage over just a simple oral exam. If Dr. Polansky finds anything, we can begin planning your treatment immediately. In its early stages, oral cancer has an 80 to 90% cure rate.
Want to know more about how Dr. Polansky is using VELscope to screen patients from Cherry Hill, Voorhees, Marlton, Haddonfield, Haddon Heights, Audubon, and beyond for oral cancer? Call us today!