(EMAILWIRE.COM, December 10, 2015 ) Coquitlam, BC -- Plateau Village Dental Centre, a Dental practice in Coquitlam, discusses the importance of Oral cancer screening in Coquitlam. Dr. Allen Shen, the owner of the dental practice, had this to say: "Oral cancer is a serious disease that should be detected as early as possible so that we can give it proper treatment as soon as it is found."
By definition, cancer is the uncontrollable growth of cells that invade and cause damage to surrounding tissue. Mouth or oral cancer can include cancers of the lips, cheeks, tongue, mouth floor, the palate, the sinuses and the pharynx. Oral cancer is a life-threatening disease so early detection is of paramount importance. If detected early enough, the treatment for oral cancer follows the same protocol used for most other forms of cancers - that is, surgery to remove the cancerous growth followed by radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy to destroy any remaining cancerous cells.
Dr. Shen emphasizes that "during regular Dental checkups in Coquitlam, dentists will typically look for the usual signs or symptoms of cancer in their patients' mouth, face, and neck like sores, lumps, bleeding, or discolored tissue. If they find anything suspicious, they may ask the patients to undertake further testing, which may include an oral brush biopsy or a scalpel biopsy to determine cancerous or abnormal cell growth.
At the Plateau Village Dental Care in Coquitlam, according to Dr. Shen, the dentists additionally use the VELscope as an oral cancer screening device.
Approved and cleared by the WHO and Health Canada, the VELscope is a proprietary technology described by the manufacturer as a handheld scope that utilizes natural tissue light visualization to help health care practitioners see oral mucosal abnormalities that can often get overlooked.
It can be used to visualize not only cancer and pre-cancer conditions but also viral, fungal and bacterial infections, squamous papillomas, salivary gland tumors, inflammation and other oral mucosal conditions. Unlike a biopsy, a VELscope examination is a non-invasive procedure. However, if some signs of abnormalities are detected using the VELscope, then a biopsy procedure is still required in order to more conclusive test for the presence of cancer cells.
About Plateau Village Dental Centre:
Plateau Village Dental Centre is a full-service boutique dental practice in Coquitlam that uses VELscope technology for oral cancer screening. They are located at 1410 Parkway Boulevard, Unit C5, Coquitlam, BC V3E 3E6, and may be reached by phone at 604-927-2525. To learn more, visit the Plateau Village Dental Centre website at http://plateauvillagedental.com/ and like their Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Plateau-Village-Dental-Centre/788225864570559.
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