The most important fact about oral cancer is that treatment has over an 80% success rate when diagnosed early. Supporting early detection and treatment, our dental office offers oral cancer screening as part of your annual check-up. It is a simple, quick and comfortable.

When should I go for oral cancer screening?

Oral cancers, including mouth and throat cancers, are usually more prevalent in people over the age of 55, although cases in younger patients are becoming more common. Factors including a genetic history of cancer, smoking, chewing tobacco, moderate to heavy alcohol consumption and extensive time spent in direct sunlight are also contributors to oral cancer.

If you fit into any of these categories, have abnormal oral sores or discolored patches of tissue in your mouth, it’s best to visit your dentist for an oral cancer screening. We include this in your regular check-up for quick, convenient peace of mind.

What is the oral cancer screening procedure?

At our dental office, we follow examination methods recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This includes a visual inspection of the head, face, and neck, followed by an exam of the oral cavity.

When situations warrant, we use a VELscope to examine your mouth for oral cancer . This is a small, handheld device which emits a light that causes the tissues in your mouth to glow or fluoresce. Healthy tissue reacts very differently to unhealthy tissue, and this simple procedure requires no needles, dyes or sedation and is over in just a few minutes.

With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Phillips is highly qualified and committed to providing the highest quality of care for patients in Federal Way, Tacoma, Puyallup, and surrounding areas. For more information on oral cancer screening or to book an appointment with Dr. Phillips, please contact us today.

as part of your annual check-up in an effort to support early detection and treatment. This is a simple, quick and comfortable scan that allows our general dentistry specialists to help you take control of your oral health and minimize any necessary treatment.

When should I go for oral cancer screening?

Oral cancers, including mouth and throat cancers, are usually more prevalent in people over the age of 55, although cases in younger patients are becoming more common. Factors including a genetic history of cancer, smoking, chewing tobacco, moderate to heavy alcohol consumption and extensive time spent in direct sunlight are also contributors to oral cancer.

If you fit into any of these categories, have abnormal oral sores or discolored patches of tissue in your mouth, it’s best to visit your dentist for an oral cancer screening. This screening can be implemented in your regular check-up for quick, convenient peace of mind.

What is the oral cancer screening procedure?

At our dental office, we follow examination methods recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This includes a visual inspection of the head, face, and neck, followed by an exam of the oral cavity.

When situations warrant, we use a VELscope to examine your mouth for oral cancer (Link to Oral Cancer VELscope page). This is a small, handheld device which emits a light that causes the tissues in your mouth to glow or fluoresce. Healthy tissue reacts very differently to unhealthy tissue, and this simple procedure requires no needles, dyes or sedation and is over in just a few minutes.

With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Phillips is highly qualified and committed to providing the highest quality of care for patients in Federal Way, Tacoma, Puyallup, and surrounding areas. For more information on oral cancer screening or to book an appointment with Dr. Phillips, please contact us today.