Oral Cancer Screening By Our Burlington Dentists

The term ‘Oral Cancer’ includes cancerous growths in the cheeks, lips, mouth, throat, sinus, tongue, or anywhere in the oral cavity. As with most cancers, age is the primary risk factor for oral cancer, as most people diagnosed with a form of oral cancer are over 50.

Three Canadians die every day from oral cancer! Late detection of oral cancer is the primary reason that both the incidence and mortality rates of oral cancer continue to increase.

Though tobacco use is a major predisposing risk factor, 25% of oral cancer victims have no lifestyle risk factors.

Oral Cancer Risk by Profile

Increased Risk:

Patients 18-39
Sexually active patients (HPV 16/18)

High Risk:

Patients age 40 or older/; tobacco users younger than 40

Highest Risk:

Patients aged 40 and older, and lifestyle risk factors (tobacco and/or alcohol use); patients with a history of oral cancer

In our efforts to provide patients with the highest standard of care, our Dental Office uses Velscope exams as an integral part of the oral cancer screening program.

How Velscope works

The Velscope works through tissue fluorescence – an optical phenomenon that makes abnormal tissue show up in a different colour under a specialized white light.

Under this specialized white light normal tissues will glow a bright green colour, while abnormal tissue will show a marked lack of fluorescence.

An abnormal screening does not always mean the patient has cancer. If an abnormal screening occurs, Dr. Surya may schedule a second scan later to see if the dark spots disappear, or may choose to perform a brush biopsy to make sure it is not cancer.

Contact us today for your no-obligation Velscope Oral Cancer screening.

Dr. Surya & Associates
Dr. Yvonne Surya D.D.S. Dentistry
Dr. Yvonne Surya is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry. Having practiced dentistry for over 30 years, her extensive experience has made her a leading practitioner in Burlington. Dedicated to the precise needs of her patients, Dr. Surya remains on the cutting edge of new technologies, and oral hygiene education. With a passion for dentistry, Dr. Surya and Associates drive to produce an exceptional customer experience. Always striving for a friendly, affordable, and anxiety-free approach for Burlington families and their children. Dr. Surya and Associates focus on providing children with the care they deserve with pediatric dentistry and children dental care. Committed to providing patients with a healthy smile Dr. Surya & Associates provides the latest in; Invisalign, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, dental bridges, dental crowns, dental implants, dental x-rays, oral cancer screening, sedation dentistry, and digital impressions. For quality, dental care in Burlington, Dr. Surya & Associates is the team of dentists you can count on for your family’s oral health.
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