Detecting Oral Cancer Early Can Save Your Life

Do you know that approximately 37,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year? It’s true, but unfortunately, it’s not a problem that many people know about.
Because oral cancer is often detected in the later stages, it has a higher mortality rate than that of other health problems, including several other forms of cancer.
Dr. Jeffrey Allen and his dental team in Pella, Iowa make this pledge to you: at every routine dental cleaning and exam you have in his office, Dr. Allen will thoroughly screen your mouth for signs of oral cancer and other serious health problems.
With the help of modern technology, screening for oral cancer is easier than ever. Using a device called VELscope, Dr. Allen will shine the fluorescent light in your mouth and observe the colors that “glow” over the various areas in your oral cavity. Usually, healthy tissue will glow a light blue or green color, while abnormalities will appear darker.
Screening for oral cancer is quick and does not require any rinses, stains, or discomfort on your part. This, along with a traditional visual exam, is an effective process for diagnosing oral cancer.
All adults should have an annual oral cancer screening exam. Men over 40 and women between the ages of 20 and 40 are the most prone to the disease, but it can appear in anyone. People who use tobacco, consume alcohol daily, have viral infections, autoimmune deficiencies, or diabetes should be screened more frequently.
For more information about VELscope, oral cancer, or treatment for the disease, call Dr. Allen’s dental office in Pella, Iowa at (641) 628-1121.