Each year in the US alone, almost 50,000 individuals are newly diagnosed with oral cancer. Oral cancer is the largest group of those cancers which fall into the head and neck category. Other cancers in the head and neck include thyroid and larynx cancers., they are not included in this number. The death rate from oral cancer is very high: about 43% of those diagnosed will not survive more than five years. Early detection is the key. With early detection, survival rates are high and side affects from treatment are at their lowest. These screenings are painless, quick and inexpensive. In our office we use an instrument called the Velscope VX.
The Velscope VX helps us improve our assessment of your overall oral health. It ensures that the delicate tissues of your mouth are healthy. The Velscope VX blue light stimulates natural fluorescence in the soft tissues of your mouth. This allows us to see diseases not visible with the naked eye. It allows us to discover oral diseases BEFORE it can be seen under ordinary light. It is the most powerful tool available for assisting in the discovery of oral abnormalities. The Velscope VX helps us protect you from oral diseases including oral cancer. Contact us today to set up you painless oral cancer screening. It could save your life.