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Dental offices provide free oral cancer tests

Howard Family Dental recently announced that its 10 locations in coastal Georgia and South Carolina, including the Hinesville office, now provide Velscope oral cancer screenings at no charge to patients of record and new patients.  

“We believe an oral cancer screening with Velscope is essential to our patients’ health and the new standard of care in dentistry,” said Roni Copeland, the director of dental hygiene for Howard Family Dental.

“Velscope is proven to be one of the most effective means of screening for oral cancer. Velscope takes less than a few minutes to complete, is safe and comfortable for the patient, and ensures they are being screened for oral cancer in the most effective way possible. At Howard Family Dental, we believe every patient should be screened once a year.”

Oral cancer is most typically thought to be caused by smoking and tobacco use, but there are many other causes that are often ignored. A growing number of young adults have been diagnosed with oral cancer due to HPV. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, more than 43,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year.

To learn more about oral cancer or how to schedule an appointment for a screening with a Howard Family Dental office near you, call 912-629-9000 or visit

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