Oral Cancer Screening
in Bakersfield, CA

Early detection can save lives. Schedule your consultation today to ensure your oral health and peace of mind

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Why Oral Cancer Screening is Important

Importance of Early Detection

Early detection of oral cancer can significantly increase the chances of successful treatment and survival. Oral cancer, when identified at an early stage, is often more manageable and less invasive to treat. Regular screenings can help catch potential issues before they develop into more serious conditions.

Statistics and Facts

Oral cancer is a serious health concern, with thousands of new cases diagnosed each year. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately  54,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with oral or oropharyngeal cancer this year. The survival rate for early-stage oral cancer is around 84%, but this drops significantly as the cancer progresses. These statistics highlight the critical importance of early detection.

VELscope's Accuracy

VELscope technology enhances our ability to detect oral cancer in its earliest stages. Unlike traditional screening methods, VELscope uses a special light to identify abnormal tissue changes that may not be visible to the naked eye. This advanced technology allows for a more thorough examination, ensuring that any potential issues are identified and addressed promptly.

By prioritizing regular oral cancer screenings, you are taking a proactive step towards maintaining your overall health and well-being. Don’t wait for symptoms to appear—early detection can save lives.

Who Should Get Screened?

High-Risk Groups

Tobacco Users: Whether you smoke cigarettes, cigars, or use smokeless tobacco, your risk of oral cancer increases significantly.
Heavy Alcohol Consumers: Regular consumption of alcohol, especially in large quantities, can heighten the risk of oral cancer. The combination of tobacco and alcohol use further escalates this risk.
Individuals with a History of Oral Cancer: If you have previously been diagnosed with oral cancer, you are at a higher risk for recurrence and should have regular screenings to monitor your oral health.
Family History of Cancer: Those with a family history of cancer, particularly oral or oropharyngeal cancer, should be vigilant and undergo regular screenings.

General Population

While certain groups are at a higher risk, oral cancer can affect anyone. Therefore, it is essential for all adults to consider regular screenings as part of their routine dental check-ups. Here’s why:

Age Factor: The risk of oral cancer increases with age, particularly for individuals over 40. However, younger adults should not ignore the possibility, especially if they have other risk factors.
HPV Connection: The human papillomavirus (HPV) has been linked to a growing number of oral cancer cases. Even those who do not use tobacco or alcohol may be at risk due to HPV.
Sun Exposure: Excessive exposure to sunlight can increase the risk of lip cancer, making regular screenings important for those who spend a lot of time outdoors.

Patient Testimonials

Hearing from others who have benefited from oral cancer screenings can provide reassurance and motivation. Here are a few testimonials from our patients:

John D.: "As a former smoker, I was worried about my oral health. The VELscope screening detected a small lesion early, and I received treatment immediately. It was a lifesaver!"
Emily S.: "I never thought I would be at risk, but the screening found an abnormal area. The early detection and quick action by my orthodontist made all the difference."

By understanding who should get screened and the importance of regular check-ups, you can take proactive steps to protect your oral health. Schedule your screening today and ensure peace of mind for you and your loved ones.

Why Choose Us for Porcelain Veneers in Bakersfield?

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Schedule Your Screening Today

Early detection can save lives. Don’t wait—schedule your oral cancer screening today to ensure your oral health and peace of mind. Our team is here to provide you with the highest level of care using the advanced VELscope technology.

Contact Information

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Office Location and Hours

11901 Bolthouse Dr Suite 200, Bakersfield, CA 93311

Monday-Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Wednesday-Thursday: 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Friday-Sunday: Closed

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