Every day in Canada, three people will die from oral cancer. If left untreated, the 5-year survival rate for oral cancer is only 63%, which is lower than the survival rate for breast, prostate and cervical cancers.
On the other hand, if detected early, the survival rates for oral cancer are upwards of 80%. If pre-cancerous lesions are discovered, the effects can be reversed entirely.
At your annual dental check-up, we will perform a general screening for any signs of oral cancer, such as lesions on your mouth. However, there are signs of oral cancer that lie underneath the gum tissue and can not be detected by the naked eye.
At Dr. Harry Sangha’s practice, we are happy to announce that we now have the VELscope Vx – a revolutionary new technology that uses a completely safe, non-invasive, blue-spectrum light to detect oral abnormalities that affect the mouth’s soft tissue.
The VELscope Vx procedure is absolutely painless and the entire exam takes only two minutes to complete. The blue light is shone into your mouth, and will easily show lesions and other symptoms as dark spots on the gum tissue. If any symptoms are detected, the trained professionals at Dr. Harry Sangha’s office will then determine what steps to take next – such as performing a biopsy. Otherwise, it is recommended that you return for an annual checkup to ensure lasting oral health.
Do you have a few minutes to spare to ensure that you do not suffer from a very dangerous, yet highly preventable disease? Contact our Vancouver office at (604) 222-1299 and book your appointment today.