Oral Cancer Screening VELscope®
At Laguna Star Dental we are proud too have incorporated the Oral Cancer Screening VELscope® System into our dental practice for initial and dental hygiene treatment visits.
Known as The Forgotten Disease, each hour of every day a person dies of oral cancer in the United States. Oral cancer strikes three times as many victims as cervical cancer. It is one of the few types of cancer that has not seen a significant reduction in incidence over the past thirty years. Most people think one has to smoke or drink heavily to be at risk of oral cancer, but recent research including the New England Journal of Medicine has shown a strong association with Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which can be sexually transmitted.
We utilize this FDA approved screening device called the VELscope® System which adds only one or two minutes to a conventional examination. It is completely free of any pain or discomfort, and is affordable priced (only $20 per screening). Patients are grateful that we have invested in such a device as it truly gives us an extra pair of eyes.
Oral cancer is typically discovered in late stages, when the five-year survival rate is only 22%. If detected in early stages, however, the five-year survival rate is 80% or higher. The VELscope® System can also help discover abnormal growths before they become cancerous. For over 20 years I have always conducted an annual comprehensive oral cancer screening for all of our patients, but now the VELscope® System will help us see things we might could have missed previously as it can spot abnormal cells lurking below the surface. By detecting potential problems earlier, we are providing our patients with the best health care currently available.