Oral Cancer Screening

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Why VELscope?

The VELscope exam takes about two minutes as part of a regular hygiene check-up, involves no pain or inconvenience,
and is completely safe .The VELscope system helps dental professionals visualize abnormalities in the mucosal tissues of your lips, mouth and upper throat othervize not visible to the naked eye.

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Importance of Early Detection

can be the difference between life and death. Oral cancer is most often discovered in late stages, when the 5-year survival rate is only around 30%. When discovered early, however, the survival rate leaps to about 82%. Your 2-minute VELscope exam can turn a routine dental visit into a life-saving experience. We recommend annual oral cancer screening for most of our patients (twice a year for those who smoke or chew tobacco).

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How Does the VELscope Work?

The VELscope’s blue light “excites” molecules (called “fluorophores”) deep within the layers of oral mucosal tissues. In turn, those fluorophores emit their own light (fluorescence),
in shades of green, yellow and red. Our doctors are able to interpret these colors and identify potential abnormalities.