Oral cancer is one of the most under-discussed but prevalent forms of cancer. We offer a simple test for identifying oral cancer. Using the VELscope oral cancer screening machine, our dentists can diagnose oral cancer at its earliest stages. Developed by the British Columbia Cancer Agency and the MD Anderson Cancer Center, VELscope uses fluorescent technology to detect abnormal tissue in the oral cavity, which may be or may lead to, oral cancer.

The VELscope examination is painless and non-invasive. The system features a revolutionary hand-piece, which will be used to safely emit blue light into the mouth. Generally normal, healthy tissue has a bright-apple green glow, while abnormal, unhealthy tissue appears dark.

We recommend an annual oral cancer screening for our patients, particularly if you:

  • Are above the age of 30
  • Use tobacco products, or have used them in the past 10 years
  • Consume an average of 1 alcoholic drink or more per day
  • Have been previously diagnosed with any form of cancer

If caught early, oral cancer is one of the most curable diseases. An examination using the VELscope machine is comfortable and only takes a few minutes. Best of all, it is one of the most accurate methods for detecting cancer early. With proper screening and early diagnosis, the severity of oral cancer drops significantly.

Don't become a statistic – talk to us today about the dangers and warning signs of oral cancer, and schedule a VELscope oral cancer examination at your next appointment!