At Devonshire Square Dental Studio, we provide elective cancer screening for detection of oral cancer. Although those aged 60 and those who smoke are more at risk of developing oral cancer, any person may get the disease.
Studies reveal that oral cancer may be caused by human papilloma virus infection (HPV), smoking, excess alcohol consumption and a high-saturated fat (LDL) diet. If left undetected, mouth cancer tumours spread through the oral tissues and via the lymph nodes.
ViziLite Plus Diagnostics
We invest in ViziLite Plus to provide patients with oral cancer screening options. Oral cancer screening aims to identify non-healing mouth ulcers that may be cancer tumours. Other symptoms of oral cancer include patches of red and white on the tongue or in the mouth and persistent oral swelling.
ViziLite Plus is applied to the mouth and will show up any cancer tumours, even those so small that they are not visible to the naked eye. The screening is pain-free and works by contrasting healthy oral tissue as dark and any cancer tumours as white.
Importance of Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer screening is necessary to detect oral cancer in its early stages so that preventative treatment may be provided and lives may be saved. Treatments include oral surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Often the cancer is advanced and treatments may not be successful. Screening for oral cancer is important so that an individual receives the care they need for good health.
Any part of the mouth may be affected by cancer tumours, including the throat, tonsils and saliva glands. There are numerous cases of undetected oral cancer because people either do not know about oral cancer screening or avoid dental screening. For this reason, we encourage people to have cancer screening as part of their dental check-ups at Devonshire Square Dental Studio in the heart of London.