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Why is Oral Screening Critical? Because Oral Cancer is Deadly.

  • There are 4X as many oral cancers as cervical cancers.
  • The same virus that causes cervical cancer is now a PRIMARY cause of oral cancer.  This means anyone can now contract the virus and potentially be infected. Learn more about HPV here.
  • Oral Cancer is now a top ten cancer.  The fastest growth rate is in patients that do not smoke and are below the age of 36.
  • 5-year survival for oral cancer diagnosed early is 75%
  • 5-year survival for late-stage diagnosis of oral cancer drops to 20%

What is the VELscope?

  • There is an FDA accepted technology that helps dentists to visualize tissue changes that could be associated with oral cancer.  It’s called the VELscope.
  • It’s safe, painless and takes less than 2 minutes.
  • The test costs no more than a nice dinner.

How Does the VELscope Work?

The VELscope emits a harmless, bright blue light which is used to inspect the mouth and tongue. The device is sensitive to abnormal tissue changes and the distinctive blue light causes the soft tissue of the mouth to naturally fluoresce. Healthy tissues fluoresce in distinct patterns that may be visibly disrupted when tissue undergoes an abnormal change, such as when associated with oral cancer.

Fluorescence visualization can help draw the attention of the clinician to abnormalities that might otherwise not be apparent or visible to the naked eye.

Hover over the below image to see the example under white light and then through the VELscope. The darker area in the VELscope image was referred for biopsy and eventually diagnosed as oral cancer.

What Can You Expect During a VELscope Screening?

View the short video below for a quick overview.

“In the few years that I’ve owned a VELscope, I’ve had two cases that have validated the money that I spent on the device. After biopsy, one was determined to be a lymphoma and the other a Squamous Cell Carcinoma. If you can identify even one lesion early and save someone’s life, it is worth every penny.”

David Allen Grisar, DDS
Grafton, WI

“Every dental office needs this instrument.”

Ken Neuman, DMD

“Adding the VELscope to our diagnostic protocol has been extremely useful and resulted in detection of dangerous lesions that would have otherwise been undetected.”

Edmond L. Truelove, DMD, MSD
Chair and Professor, Oral Medicine
School of Dentistry, University of Washington

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      Why is Oral Screening Critical? Because Oral Cancer is Deadly.

      • There are 4X as many oral cancers as cervical cancers.
      • The same virus that causes cervical cancer is now a PRIMARY cause of oral cancer.  This means anyone can now contract the virus and potentially be infected. Learn more about HPV here.
      • Oral Cancer is now a top ten cancer.  The fastest growth rate is in patients that do not smoke and are below the age of 36.
      • 5-year survival for oral cancer diagnosed early is 75%
      • 5-year survival for late-stage diagnosis of oral cancer drops to 20%

      What is the VELscope?

      • There is an FDA cleared technology that helps dentists to visualize tissue changes that could be associated with oral cancer.  It’s called the VELscope.
      • It’s safe, painless and takes less than 2 minutes.
      • The test costs no more than a nice dinner.

      How Does the VELscope Work?

      The VELscope emits a harmless, bright blue light which is used to inspect the mouth and tongue. The device is sensitive to abnormal tissue changes and the distinctive blue light causes the soft tissue of the mouth to naturally fluoresce. Healthy tissues fluoresce in distinct patterns that may be visibly disrupted when tissue undergoes an abnormal change, such as when associated with oral cancer.

      Fluorescence visualization can help draw the attention of the clinician to abnormalities that might otherwise not be apparent or visible to the naked eye.

      Hover over the below image to see the example under white light and then through the VELscope. The darker area in the VELscope image was referred for biopsy and eventually diagnosed as oral cancer.

      What Can You Expect During a VELscope Screening?

      View the short video below for a quick overview.

      “ Adding the VELscope to our diagnostic protocol has been extremely useful and resulted in detection of dangerous lesions that would have otherwise been undetected.”

      Edmond L. Truelove, DMD, MSD
      Chair and Professor, Oral Medicine
      School of Dentistry, University of Washington

      “Every dental office needs this instrument.”

      Ken Neuman, DMD

      Locate a Participating Practice Near You

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