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  Oral Cancer Screening
 

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, one person dies from oral cancer every hour of every day in the United States. Oral cancer is one of the few types of cancer that haven’t experienced a significantly reduced mortality rate in the past 30 years.

In most cases - 70% - the disease is discovered too late to be cured.

 
     
Oral cancer is traditionally associated with tobacco usage, and the majority of oral cancer victims smoke or use chewing tobacco, consume alcohol and are over 40.  
 
 
 
 

Oral cancer can also strike much earlier, and young people who don't use tobacco or abuse alcohol are at risk. The cause appears to be one of two strains of the human papilloma virus that can be contracted during sexual intercourse and oral sex.

 
 
 

Early detection is important. With early detection, with Oral Cancer Screenings, the survival rate improves dramatically.

The survival rate is very high: 80% to 90%.

 
 
   
  The VELscope is a hand-held device that provides dentists and hygienists with a system for the early detection of a wide variety of oral diseases. Used in conjunction with conventional intra-oral and extra-oral head and neck exam, the VELscope facilitates the discovery of abnormalities before they become visible under ordinary light.
   

How Does the VELscope Work?

The VELscope handpiece emits a safe blue light into the oral cavity, which excites natural fluorophores from the surface of the epithelium through to the basement membrane and into the stroma beneath, causing it to fluoresce. The VELscope's proprietary filter makes fluorescence visualization possible, by blocking reflected blue light, and by enhancing the contrast between normal and abnormal tissue.