Detecting Oral Cancer
Thanks to an amazing new technology, VELscope, dentists and hygienists can quickly and painlessly screen for oral cancer. VELscope is a fluorescence-based identification system that detects tissue abnormalities, and is used in combination with traditional visual exams.
- All adults should have an annual VELscope exam because a quarter of oral cancer victims are non-smokers, don’t drink, and have no lifestyle factors to heighten their oral cancer risk.
- Men over 40 and women between the ages of 20 and 40 are the most prone to the disease.
- Patients with lifestyle risks, including any tobacco use, daily alcohol consumption, viral infections, autoimmune deficiencies like HIV, and diabetes, may need more frequent evaluations.
The screening involves use of a special light to illuminate abnormal cells so that they appear distinctly different from the surrounding normal tissue.
When found and treated in the early stages the condition has an 80 to 90% cure rate. Ask Houston dentists, Drs. Frazar and Hedge, about whether you could benefit from a VELscope oral cancer screening.