Oral cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer. Oral cancer is often diagnosed in later stages, which may limit the number of treatment options available for patients. Early diagnosis may allow oral cancer patients to get the treatment they need to improve their health.
Patients who don’t fit the typical demographic for oral cancer diagnosis are being diagnosed at a higher rate. We encourage patients over the age of 18 years old to get screened for oral cancer at least once a year. Columbus, Georgia dentist Dr. Albert Caves uses state of the art screening technology to provide oral cancer screenings during all routine dental care visits. If you have not been screened for oral cancer this year, consider visiting Dr. Caves in Columbus, GA. If you need to schedule an oral cancer screening, call 706.407.4851 or schedule an appointment online.
Oral Cancer Screening in Columbus, GA
Oral cancer screenings are a quick, easy, and effective process. Dr. Caves incorporates state of the art technology to effectively screen patients for oral cancer. VELscope helps to improve Dr. Caves visual range while screening for oral cancer. The special light allows for more accurate diagnosis. VELscope® technology is a blue fluorescent light used to examine soft tissues of the oral cavity. Abnormal tissue appears as an irregular, dark area. Normal tissue is a green fluorescence pattern. If abnormal tissue is identified, Dr. Caves may order a biopsy to determine if oral cancer is present.
Signs of Oral Cancer:
- Sores or lesions
- Red or white patch
- Thickening of the skin, or lump
- Difficulty swallowing, chewing, or feel like you have a lump in your throat
- Persistent hoarseness of your voice or a sore throat
If you notice one or more of these symptoms, please schedule a visit to our Columbus, GA dental office as soon as possible.