In our continuing efforts to provide the most advanced technology and highest quality care available to our patients, this practice is proud to announce the inclusion of the state-of-the-art VELscope system as an integral part of our comprehensive oral cancer screening program.
Chances are you don't have oral cancer, but wouldn't it be nice to be sure? An oral cancer examination with VELscope takes very litte time, involves no pain or inconvenience, and is very affordable. As part of our conventional oral cancer examination, it can literally help discover potentially dangerous tissue that might otherwise be missed. If something is found, VELscope increases the odds of finding it early rather than late, which is so important because when oral cancer is discovered in early stages, the survival rate is very high.
What every person should know about oral cancer:
-Oral cancer has 3 times as many victims as cervical cancer.
-One North American dies of oral cancer every hour of every day.
-The incidence of oral cancer is growing.
-The biggest growth in oral cancer is among young non-smokers, and oral cancer is now linked to HPV.
-When oral cancer is discovered in late stages (which is normally the case), the survival rate is very low.
-Health experts recommend that all adults receive annual oral cancer screenings.
Oral cancer risk by patient profile:
Highest risk: Patients age 40 & older and lifestyle risk factors (tobacco use); patients with a history of oral cancer
Highest Risk: Patients age 40 & older; tobacco users of any age
Increased Risk: Patients age 18-39