Oral cancer is a serious condition that can spread rapidly and threaten your life. The five-year survival rate is just 30 percent, and survivors often face painful treatments, time-intensive conditions and permanent disfigurement. Tobacco, excessive alcohol use and exposure to human papilloma virus, a common sexually transmitted disease, can all increase your risk of developing oral cancer. Our dentist in Northridge offers comprehensive oral cancer screenings using VELscope.
Regular screenings can play an important role in the early identification of oral cancer. In fact, when oral cancer is identified early and treated, the survival rate increases to 80 to 90 percent. The VELscope system has been approved by both the FDA and Health Canada to detect early signs of pre-cancerous and cancerous lesions that are not yet visible to the naked eye. This leading-edge diagnostic tool uses a safe blue light, which causes tissues to fluoresce. Healthy tissues will fluoresce a green color while damaged or unhealthy tissues may appear dark. Because the VELscope system is designed to discover areas of concern rather than diagnose diseases or conditions, a biopsy and further evaluation may be necessary to further examine areas of concern.
We are committed to incorporating the latest proven treatments and procedures into our office and are proud to be able to offer the VELscope system, which includes no irritating rinses or dyes and is completely noninvasive. It is fast, affordable and easy to use, and it can play a critical role in saving lives. We are better able to document and share areas of concern and can provide our patients with greater peace of mind.
Our dentist will work with you to better understand your personal risk factors and the most appropriate screening schedule. If you notice a sore that does not heal, a rough white or red patch, a mixed red and white patch, an area of erosion or a change in your bite and loose teeth, further evaluation is needed. Contact us today to learn more about VELscope, your personal oral cancer risk or to schedule your next dental checkup.