Oral Cancer

ORAL CANCER DETECTION DEVICE

We have instituted a new and effective oral cancer screening device to aid in the early detection of oral cancer. This technology is called VELscope. This visible emitted light allows us to accurately detect oral cancer better than the visual exam we perform at every cleaning. The VELscope handpiece emits a safe visible light into the oral cavity which excites the mucosal tissue and causes it to generate its own light. It fluoresces. In the light, healthy tissue shows up as a bright green color, while suspicious tissue can cause a loss of fluorescence, which thus may appear darker. This allows us to evaluate for cancer below the tissue level and discover potential problems early.

Approximately 37,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. This menacing disease will cause 8,000 deaths within the year, killing approximately one person per hour, 24 hours a day. Of these 37,000 newly-diagnosed individuals, only slightly more than half will survive 5 years. The death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of other cancers we hear about routinely such as cervical cancer, skin cancer, Hodgkin’s disease, or cancer of the brain, liver, or kidney. The death rate associated with oral cancer is particularly high, not because it is hard to discover or diagnose, but because the cancer is routinely discovered late in its development. Often, it is only discovered when the cancer has metastasized to another location, most likely the lymph nodes of the neck. Prognosis at this stage of discovery is much worse than when caught early in the mouth. Clearly, finding oral cancer in its early stages is key to survival.

This technology is a proven and effective way to help aid in the diagnosis of early cancer detection. We are the first line of defense in early detection of this deadly disease. As members of The Oral Cancer Foundation, we are committed to give our patients the highest standards of care available, especially when it comes to possible life and death situations.

Your health and well-being are important to us and we wish to provide you with services to help provide you a long and happy life.