VELscope® Can detect mouth cancer
Oral cancer is often referred to as the "forgotten disease" because it kills more people annually than testicular cancer, cervical and brain cancer and receives little publicity. Each year, more than 30,000 Americans contract oral cancer, and only 57% of these people will survive for more than five years without treatment.
Some of the benefits of using the VELscope® system include:
- Can be combined with digital photography
- Detects lesions and white and red spots
- Detects problems that can not be seen under white light
- Exposes pre-cancerous and cancerous tissues
- Approved by the FDA
- Help the dentist ensure that abnormal soft tissues are completely removed
- Helps to diagnose oral cancer in its early stages, exponentially increasing the chances of survival
- Quick and painless exams
How is the VELscope® exam performed?
The examination with the VELscope® takes literally only two or three minutes. It is a painless and non-invasive procedure that saves many lives every year.
Here is a brief overview of the VELscope® exam:
Initially, the dentist will perform a visual examination of the lower part of the face. This includes the glands, tongue, cheeks and palate, as well as teeth.
The small VELscope® device is curved so that the blue light is projected into the mouth.
If symptoms are noted, the dentist can conduct a biopsy immediately to determine if it is oral cancer. The results of the biopsy dictate the best treatment plan. If they are negative, another oral cancer screening will be done within one year.
If you have any questions or concerns about oral cancer screening or about the VELscope® system, please contact our office.