Oral Cancer Screening

velscope-free-oral-cancer-screeningOral cancer is not a 'popular' cancer, in that you rarely hear about in on the news, but it is potentially fatal and has only around a 50% survival rate beyond 5 years of diagnosis. (3)

One of the reasons oral cancers have such a poor survival rate is that these types of cancers are detected in the later stages. There is no government screening programme for oral cancer, and the disease rarely producing symptoms such as pain, so it can develop undetected.

At Wellington Street Denture Clinic, we want to change all that. We offer on-demand oral cancer screening at our Woodstock clinic, giving our patients an opportunity for that all-important early detection. If oral cancer is detected early, survival rates increase from that rather low 62% to almost 90%. (1) (2)

VELscope oral cancers screening

We use a hand-held VELscope oral cancers screening machine to screen for a variety of early warning signs for oral cancer, plus viral and bacterial infections. Known as tissue fluorescence visualization technology, the process is painless, harmless and takes just two minutes to complete.

To book your oral cancer screening, call us now on 519-533-1919. It's quick, easy - and might just save your life.

How VELscope screening works

The VELscope system enables us detect oral mucosal abnormalities long before they would become visible by just looking. The VELscope shines a harmless blue light into your mouth, which causes the soft tissues in your mouth to fluoresce (glow!). Healthy tissue fluoresces in recognisable patterns, but these patterns are disrupted by damage and disease.

At Wellington Street Denture Clinic, we will examine your entire mouth and tongue, and the VELscope will reveal to us any areas of disruption. If areas of concern are detected, we will make a referral to your doctor or dental specialist for diagnosis and confirmation.

Who is at risk from oral cancer?

As with all cancers, in theory everyone is at some risk, but certain factors increase your chances of developing oral cancer, such as:

  • Smoking
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Heavy drinking
  • Smoking and drinking combined
  • Exposure to human papilloma virus number 16 (HPV16)
  • Chewing betel quid, areca nut or paan
  • A past history of cancers
  • A compromised immune system
You are twice as likely to develop oral cancer if you are male than female, although evidence suggests this is due to the ratio of male smokers over female. If you are a heavy drinker and smoker, you are thirty times more at risk. (1)

oral cancerOral cancer - what to look for

Our screening process looks for what is known as 'precursor tissue changes' in your mouth. These may appear as a white or red patch, or a small ulcer. Some discolourations happen naturally, such as when you accidentally bite your cheek, and ulcers should heal naturally in a few days. However, if you have ay sore or discoloured areas that do not fade or heal within 14 days, book an appointment to have it checked by us. The same applies if you feel any lumps inside your mouth, or have any difficulty or pain when swallowing.

For more information on our oral screening services, call us at 519-533-1919.
  1. oralcancerfoundation.org
  2. dentistryiq.com
  3. leddental.com

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