Our practice has purchased a state-of-the-art device called VELscope® Oral Cancer Screening System. Along with our conventional oral screening exam, which includes looking inside your mouth for any lesions that might be visible to the naked eye and feeling your neck for any suspicious bumps, we can use the VELscope to literally see beneath the surface to detect potentially dangerous growths we might have otherwise missed.
Oral cancer is one of the few types of cancer that hasn’t experienced a significantly reduced mortality rate in the past 30 years. In fact, it is growing and the number of North Americans developing oral cancer is three times the number who develop cervical cancer. Sadly, one North American dies of oral cancer every hour every day.
The problem: Oral cancer is discovered in late stages about 70% of the time, and often that is simply too late.
As a result, health care experts recommend annual oral cancer screening for all adults aged 18 and older. If you smoke or use chewing tobacco, screenings are recommended every six months.
The VELscope exam takes about two minutes as part of a regular hygiene check-up, involves no pain or inconvenience, and is completely safe. We think you will appreciate the peace-of-mind this screening provides.