Velscope

To screen for oral disease including cancer or pre-cancerous spots, our office uses the technology of VELscope VX.  It is a hand held device that emits a safe blue light into the oral cavity. The VELscope makes visualization possible by enhancing the contrast between normal and abnormal tissue. The VELscope offers a way to accurately find an area of abnormal tissue at a stage that is readily treatable.

Just the Facts:

  • Over 43,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year
  • Oral cancer kills 1 person per hour
  • Survivor rate is less than 50%
  • Oral cancer is deadlier than other cancers including cervical, thyroid and skin

Leading Causes of Oral Cancer:

  • HPV16, the same virus responsible for over 90% of cervical cancers
  • Tobacco and alcohol use

Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer:

  • A white or red patch of tissue in the mouth which looks like a canker sore
  • A lump or mass that can be felt inside the mouth or on the outside of the neck
  • A wart like mass
  • Numbness in the mouth or face
  • Pain or difficulty swallowing, speaking, or chewing

We believe that early detection saves lives and truly hope that VELscope VX will make a mark in the world of oral cancer. When found early, oral cancer’s 5-year survival rate is approximately 80-90 percent; when found late, that number drops to around 20-30 percent.

Make an appointment for your oral screening today at 419.475.3494.