Oral Cancer and the Velscope

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In an effort to give you the best care and stay abreast of the latest technology, we have purchased a new instrument, THE VELSCOPE, for our office.

This is a non-invasive, hand held light that emits a cone of blue light into the mouth. Because changes in the natural fluorescence of healthy tissues occur when there are changes in the cells, looking at the tissues through the special eyepiece allows us to spot possible tumors at the very earliest possible stage. The Velscope allows us to see changes even before those changes can be felt or are evident with the naked eye.

The American Cancer society estimates that there are 30,000 new cases of various types of oral cancer diagnosed each year…and only half survive 5 years. We have always performed oral cancer screening for you at every exam- but this device allows us to “look deeper” and more accurately to better protect you.

The current recommendation is that the Velscope be used once a year. We strongly agree….and that’s why we’ve invested in this potentially life saving instrument. While this is recognized and recommended by the American Cancer Society and the American dental association, some insurance will not cover this procedure. We strongly recommend that you include this diagnostic opportunity in your regular care even though your insurance may not cover it.

Your health and well being is our greatest concern…and we’ll always bring you the best and latest advances that benefit your health.