Oral Cancer Screening and Advanced Velscope
Did you know that oral cancer is the fastest raising cancer in North America? Oral Cancer is a very deadly cancer with few treatment options and even fewer successes. People most at risk are over 40 years old, have a smoking history in the last 10 years and drink 3 or more drinks in a WEEK. What is also a troubling trend is that young people ages 18-25 years old are the fastest raising group of new oral cancer cases because of the Human Papilloma Virus that can be transferred though oral sexual contact. Even more frightening 25% of new Oral cancer case have NONE of these risk factors. The key to preventing oral cancer is through education and early detection. At our office, Dr. Stylos and his team will perform a thorough exam to identify any early changes that can lead to oral cancer. Beside relying on our skill and experience, we now have the latest equipment in oral cancer detection used by medical surgeons for detecting other types of cancer called the Velscope. Long used by lung cancer surgeons to help identify healthy tissue from cancerous tissue, the concept has been approved as a diagnostic test for oral cancer screening. Dr. Stylos shines this Painless and SAFE light to point out any areas deep down in the oral tissue where changes in cells can not seen by the naked eye or felt by a touch exam. If something is not normal , we can address it before it becomes a problem . Dr. Stylos is proud to be one of the few dentists that has invested in this life saving technology to help his patients get the very best of care.
As a way of giving back to the community Dr. Stylos has donated his time and expertise for several years doing oral cancer screening clinics and providing dental screenings for Lowell General Hospital Team Walk sponsored patients, prior to radiation treatment for the Lowell General Cancer Center.
In Our Patient’s Words…