Oral cancer is one of the deadliest cancers, yet it is highly treatable if detected early. We are proud to utilize the latest oral cancer screening technology during routine checkups. The VELscope oral examination system is a non-invasive detection device that could save your life by detecting precancerous and cancerous lesions at their earliest stages. Oral cancer kills one person every hour, 24 hours a day. Our team is dedicated to doing our part to protect our patients by using the sophisticated technology of VELscope.
VELscope is a handheld device that uses a special fluorescent lamp to identify tissue anomalies and early pathology within the mouth that would otherwise be undetectable by the unaided eye. The entire procedure is painless and lasts only 1 to 2 minutes. By detecting cancer at such an early stage, this FDA-approved screening system has exponentially increased the survival rate for oral cancer.
If oral cancer symptoms or abnormal lesions are noted, we may recommend a biopsy to definitively determine whether or not it is oral cancer. Further treatment will be advised based on the biopsy results. We strongly encourage patients to have routine dental exams and oral cancer screening each year.
To learn more about oral cancer or our advanced VELscope screening methods, please contact our office. We always take the time to educate our patients on the risk factors for oral cancer, including tobacco and alcohol use, as well as the symptoms to be aware of. We are serious about protecting your oral health and are proud to utilize the most current technology to help accomplish that.