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Local Doctor Gives Oral Cancer Screenings

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In the U.S. someone dies from oral cancer every day. 

Dr. Ann Campbell is a dentist in South Reno "The reason oral cancer is so prevalent is that it's usually found in the later stages. Like every other cancer, early diagnoses is the key to survival" says Campbell.

Oral cancers can easily go undetected because early symptoms are painless and almost impossible to see - even for dentist.  So, Dr. Campbell uses a special device called a VelScope that utilizes phosphorescent light that looks for changes in the tissue.

Dr. Campbell describes how it works "for example, any place that has a pool of blood or is more vascular, most cancers do draw more blood and are more vascular - that's what it's looking for"

The exam is painless and takes mere minutes.  Any area of concern shows up black under the blue-green light.  A photograph is then sent to an oral surgeon who will have to perform a biopsy for a diagnosis. 

It used to be that those who used tobacco were most likely to get oral cancer - usually men over the age of 50.  But that's no longer the case.  The Oral Cancer Foundation says the fastest growing segment is now non-smokers ages 25 to 50 and that HPV is now one of the dominant causes of oral cancer

"HPV is a sexually transmitted disease, so if that's something that somebody has depending on their habits and lifestyles, it can be transferred to other parts of the body" explains Dr. Campbell

If transferred to the mouth, it can then become oral cancer. But when detected early survival rate can be 80 to 90 percent.

Dr. Ann Campbell Is Offering Free Oral Cancer Screenings:

Monday, April 21St

10 A.M. Until 2:00 P.M

9492 Double "R" Boulevard, Suite A, Reno, NV 89521

775-853-1999

Exam takes three minutes

No Appointment Is Needed

 

Written By Andi Guevara

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