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Oral cancer screening

By allowing your dental professionals to do an oral cancer screening, we can help detect precancerous or cancerous lesions at an early stage. At Centre dentaire NP, your dental office in Kirkland (West Island of Montreal), we use a Velscope that helps catch lessions. This device is easy to use, painless and only requires about 60 seconds of your time.

VELscope: for an oral cancer screening that is quick and precise

Oral cancer can occur in several areas in the oral cavity such as: palate, tongue, lips, salivary glands, the inner tissue of the cheeks, tonsils etc. As the dentist is highly trained in the oral cavity and its anatomy, he/she will proceed with a thorough examination to detect abnormal lesions and/or signs.

With the help of the technology of Velscope that is used at your dental office in Kirkland, it is possible to help detect these early signs even though they are not visible to the naked eye. The device uses an ultraviolet light that causes abnormal tissue to reflect differently than those that are healthy.

Risk factors of oral cancer

The detection of oral cancer is crucial however, it is just as important to limit and control factors and habits that can cause cancer:
> Heredity and genetics: there is a higher risk when an immediate family member has already been affected with oral cancer. Furthermore, you may be predisposed to certain periodontal conditions that affect your oral health.
> Alcohol and tobacco: these two habits can increase the risk and development of cancerous tissues especially when combined.
> HPV: the human papilloma virus (especially strains 16 and/or 18), are the source of certain oral cancers that are not related to the previous risk factors listed.
> Diet: a diet poor in minerals and vitamins can increase the risk of cancer. Second part of this sentence?

Facts about oral cancer screening

1. Oral cancer screening: to be done on a regular basis

By seeing a dentist twice a year, the lesions can be detected early on and help your take charge before it continues to develop.

2. Increased chances of rapid healing

The odds of defeating oral cancer increases by approximately 30% when the diagnosis is done in the early stages.

3. The VELscope increases the precision of oral cancer screening

By combing both a visual examination along with a VELscope, the dentist increases his/her chances of detecting oral cancer lesions that are precancerous or cancerous.

4. A simple and rapid exam

The oral cancer-screening exam is done at your routine dental visit. It allows us to take care of your dental health quickly and in a painless manner!