VELscope Oral Cancer Screening, Katy TX
Our practice continually strives to provide important enhancements in oral health care for our patients. We are concerned about oral cancer and we look for it in every patient.
One person dies every hour from oral cancer. Late detection of oral cancer is the primary reason that both the incidence and mortality rates of oral cancer continue to increase. As with most cancers, age is the primary risk factor, although the last few decades, more young people than ever before has been diagnosed with oral cancer. Tobacco and alcohol use are major predisposing risk factors, but more than 27% of oral cancer victims have no such lifestyle risk factors.
We have incorporated VELscope into our screening standard of care. We find that using VELscope along with the standard oral cancer screening examination improves the ability to identify suspicious areas at their earliest stages. Early detection of pre-cancerous and cancerous tissues can minimize or even eliminate the potentially disfiguring effects of oral cancer and possibly save your life.
VELscope is a simple, painless, two-minute exam that does not require a rinse. The VELscope’s blue light stimulates natural fluorescence in the soft tissues of your mouth. Natural fluorescence, seen through the VELscope, allows dental professionals to see disease not visible with the naked eye. This helps us discover oral disease BEFORE it can be seen under ordinary light.
The VELscope exam will be offered to you annually. It may be done more frequently at your request.