The VELscope® allows us to detect pre-cancerous and early cancerous changes in the mouth. This is a new instrument in the developing field of florescence technology. This new technology helps us with our yearly oral cancer screening, and helps detect oral cancer at the earliest stages possible.
The incidence of oral cancer is growing, and there are currently three times as many victims as cervical cancer. The biggest growth in oral cancer is in non-smokers, and the main cause is HPV.
Early detection dramatically improves the prognosis, and limits the necessary treatment in the event an oral cancer is detected. When oral cancer is discovered in early stages, the survival rate is very high, but when discovered late (which is normally the case), the survival rate is very low. Use of the VELscope® provides peace of mind for the dentist and the patient alike.