How Common is Oral Cancer and what is our office doing about it?
According to the American Cancer Society, men face twice the risk of developing oral cancer as women, and men who are over age 50 face the greatest risk. It’s estimated that over 35,000 people in the U.S. received a diagnosis of oral cancer in 2008.
It is also a deadly disease. One North American dies of oral cancer every hour of every day. The disease claims over twice as many lives as cervical cancer.
What is our office doing about it? We have introduced the VELscope. The VELscope is a painless light system that is used to conduct more oral cancer exams than any other adjunctive device in the world.
A way to see what might otherwise be missed. The VELscope system is the first adjunctive device cleared by the FDA and Health Canada to help clinicians see cancerous and precancerous lesions that might not be visible to the naked eye. The VELscope is also the first device cleared to help surgeons determine the appropriate surgical margins if surgery is indicated. This is extremely important, as oral surgery often fails to remove 100% of the targeted tissue.
To learn more click on “Exceptional Services” then “Oral Cancer Screening” to learn more.
Next time you are in our office ask for the VELscope oral cancer screening.