Discover the Power of VELscope Oral Cancer Screening System
More than 480,000 new cases of oral and throat cancers are diagnosed each year, with over 35,000 occurring in the United States alone. Shockingly, oral cancer claims one life every hour in the U.S., making early detection of utmost importance. Early diagnosis significantly improves a patient's chances of survival, with a five-year survival rate that can be 80-90% higher when oral cancer is detected and treated promptly.
Identifying Risk Factors: Various risk factors increase the likelihood of oral cancer, including frequent use of tobacco products, present use of recreational drugs, a history of substance abuse, excessive alcohol consumption, genetics (family history of oral cancer or any cancer type), excessive sun exposure at a young age, previous diagnosis of HPV (Human Papilloma Virus), and prior head and neck cancer diagnosis. Additionally, while men above 50 are typically at higher risk, there has been a rise in oral cancer cases among women due to the connection between oral cancer and HPV-16.
The Importance of VELscope: Our commitment to your overall health and well-being has led us to adopt the VELscope Oral Cancer Screening System. This advanced technology offers a specialized white light source and viewing scope that allows us to closely examine the tissues inside your mouth. During the screening, normal tissues will emit a bright green glow, while abnormal tissues will appear darker under the special light.
Empowering Early Detection: An abnormal screening does not always indicate cancer; it simply signals the need for further evaluation. If an abnormality is detected, we may schedule a follow-up scan to monitor changes, or we might perform a gentle, non-invasive brush biopsy to ensure a comprehensive diagnosis. This proactive approach empowers us to identify potential concerns at their earliest stages, significantly increasing the chances of successful treatment and better long-term outcomes.
Your Health Is Our Priority: At our practice, we believe in taking a proactive approach to your oral health and overall well-being. The VELscope Oral Cancer Screening System is just one of the many ways we are committed to providing you with the highest standard of care.
Don't wait until it's too late – empower yourself with the knowledge and protection of VELscope oral cancer screening. Schedule an appointment with us today to experience the benefits of early detection and take control of your oral health journey. Together, we can work towards a healthier and brighter future.