Oral cancer is one of the most common causes of cancer deaths in the U.S. Smoking and alcohol can contribute to the risk of oral cancer. Another risk is from the sexually-transmitted HPV virus.
An annual oral cancer screening is an integral part of our routine examinations. During exam visits, Dr. Petroff evaluates the intra- and extraoral tissues. She evaluates your mouth and throat for red or white patches, swelling, lumps, or other abnormalities. Annually, Dr. Petroff will also use the Velscope, a handheld device, to take a closer look at the tissues inside your mouth. The Velscope uses a wavelength of light that can detect any abnormalities without using dyes or rinses in your mouth.