Oral cancer is one of the most easily treatable forms of cancer when diagnosed early. Our dentists and team provide VELscope® oral cancer screenings in Ashburn and Great Falls, Virginia, to check for signs of disease and identify developing issues that might otherwise be missed by the naked eye. To reserve your appointment and learn more about VELscope oral cancer screening, call Costa Dentistry today.
How often should I have an oral cancer screening?
You should receive an oral cancer screening at least once a year. Our dentists and team provide these screenings during your regular exams.
What are the symptoms of oral cancer?
Common symptoms of oral cancer include:
- A constant sore throat or the feeling that something is stuck in your throat
- Bleeding in the mouth with no obvious cause
- A sore on your face, neck or mouth that does not heal within two weeks
- Unexplained numbness or pain in the mouth
- Red, white or spotted patches inside the mouth
- Difficulty in speaking, chewing or swallowing
- Ear pain
- Lumps, bumps or rough spots in the mouth
- A change in your bite (the way your teeth come together)
Am I at risk for oral cancer?
Anyone can develop oral cancer. However, people who smoke or use other tobacco products and people who drink heavily are at greater risk of developing this disease.
What happens if I’m diagnosed with oral cancer?
If we find any signs of oral cancer, we will recommend a follow-up visit in two weeks to see if the diseased area is still present or has changed over time. We may recommend an oral biopsy to confirm the diagnosis. If you are diagnosed, we will work with you and a specialist to help you get the treatment you need.