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New Oral Cancer Screenings

11-24-15

As of December 1st, 2015, we are proud to announce the use of the VELscope (an enhanced oral assessment tool) that will aid Dr. Caron in detecting visual abnormalities at an earlier stage, specifically oral cancer and/or pre-cancerous lesions that may not be visible to the naked eye. This screening is recommended for patients 18 yrs old and older. This will be done at your preventative appointment, or at the new patient appointment, if you are new to our practice. Dr. Caron will perform the quick, painless, non-invasive procedure that will help show any changes in oral tissue that may not be visible to the naked eye. As with all cancers, early detection is key to survival.

Unfortunately, some insurance plans do not cover the cost of the VELscope screening. If you would like to check with your insurance company regarding the way your insurance plan is written, the code they will ask for is D0431. Please do not let insurance dictate your treatment, based on if this is a covered benefit or not: this is a very important step, as with all cancer screenings, to maintain your overall health.

Please contact our office at (317) 896-8734 if you have any questions.  Thank you for allowing us to serve you here at Westfield Gentle Dentist.