VELscope® Early Oral Cancer Detection
Which form of cancer is the cause of death of the most Americans each year?
- Melanoma (skin cancer)?
- Cervical Cancer?
- or Oral Cancer?
Much to the surprise of most, the answer is Oral Cancer.
The reason is diagnosis. Studies have shown that 66% of all oral cancers are diagnosed stage 3 and stage 4 which results in a 5 year survival rate of under 50%.
The VELscope® system helps Dr. Peck visualize abnormalities in the mucosal tissues of your lips, mouth and upper throat. In just two minutes, with no rinses, stains or discomfort, a VELscope® examination lets healthcare professionals improve their assessment of your overall oral health. This exam is done once a year after your hygiene visit. There is no additional cost for this procedure!
ABC Channel 9 News
Local dentist uses one of the most powerful tools to screen for oral cancer.
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. The VELscope®’s proprietary filter makes fluorescence visualization possible, by blocking reflected blue light, and by enhancing the contrast between normal and abnormal tissue.