Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral cancer is not a disease that anyone would like to hear about or face, but  approximately 110 people are diagnosed with oral cancer disease every day according to the American Cancer Society.

Difficulty comes in discovering oral cancer at its early stages, particularly those under the age of 55. According to the national institutes of health 25% of individuals diagnosed with oral cancer I have a slim survival because their diagnosis was delayed.

Dr. Lobato’s methods for checking oral cancer include a visual examination of the throat, oral tissues, lips, and neck The examination includes palpitation of the lymph nodes in search of symptoms that can be related to oral cancer. Dr. Lobato performs examinations at each visit for your regular check ups. Additionally, Dr. Lobato has the ability to screen patients using advanced UV light often called Velscope (please put registered TM notation here). This handheld machine him it’s a specific light into the mouth highlighting abnormal tissues as a bright fluorescent color.
Velscope oral cancer screenings are noninvasive and has been proven a valuable tool in early oral cancer detection.

While the majority of suspicious areas with discolorations are benign, suspicious areas need a closer look.  When necessary, it is important to be seen by a physician or an oral surgeon who can perform a biopsy of the suspected area. A qualified physician will send tissue samples to a laboratory for a thorough examination.

Dr. Lobato offers his patients a great chance of finding oral cancer in its early stages through advanced technologies and screenings for this awful disease. Early detection provides a valuable chance in survival rates for oral cancer.
Here is a great segment from the television program  The Doctors, demonstrating the use of light technology to detect oral cancer and further explaining the importance of being screened.

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Oral Cancer Screenings
Thanks to the show The Doctors for this great segment on the vital importance of being screened by your dentist for oral cancer.