“123Dentist.com dental clinics strive to have a positive impact on the lives of our families, friends and the community,” says Dr. Amin Shivji. “We felt it important to undertake an initiative to inform Lower Mainland residents about the risks of Oral Cancer. Our Free Oral Cancer Screening Day on April 26, 2012 was meant to raise awareness for the need to get screened regularly, and to let people know that screening can be done quickly and easily at local dentists that use the VELscope® system.”
The VELscope® system, developed by researchers at the BC Cancer Agency and commercialized by Burnaby’s LED Dental Inc., works by using fluorescent light technology to help detect signs of cancer and precancer that are not visible to the naked eye. A VELscope® screening is a painless 5 minute test that allows dentists to detect Oral Cancer at its earliest stages - and as with other cancers, early detection and early treatment are key factors in achieving treatment success.
“The VELscope® exam helps us detect Oral Cancer, and it also helps patients become more aware about oral health issues that may cause harm further along in life,” continues Dr. Shivji. “More and more science is finding links between oral health and overall health, and VELscope is one of the advanced technologies that lets our 123Dentist.com dental clinics play an important role in the health and wellbeing of the families that we see regularly.”
As part of the Free Oral Cancer Screening Day, 123Dentist.com dental clinics collected donations from those receiving screening on April 26, 2012. These donations were matched by 123Dentist.com and presented to the BC Cancer Foundation at their inaugural “Evening to Conquer Oral Cancer”.
The 123Dentist.com Community Dentist Network is committed to providing a friendly and caring environment, along with excellent service and personalized care for all dental patients. With over 45 convenient locations in the Lower Mainland from UBC to Hope, extended hours, and a comprehensive offering of Family, Cosmetic, and Sedation Dentistry, it’s easy to find a dentist that’s a perfect fit for you and your family. Learn more at http://123Dentist.com
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