Dentists and Dental Hygienists are the best overall defence against oral cancer – they are, in fact, a lifesaver. No other medical professionals are as well positioned to address this potentially deadly disease at its earliest stage. The key is to identify oral abnormalities at their most easily treated stage of development.
Fortunately, there is a simple technology to help in your fight against oral cancer. The VELscope aids in the early identification of oral abnormalities that can lead to cancer, it is a non invasive screening system. It allows dentists and more importantly Ollie and Darsh, the ability to offer superior health care to our clients. We integrate the VELscope examination into our existing services, improving the care we offer you.
VELscope Oral Cancer Screening System
As is the case with most cancers, age is the primary risk factor for oral cancer. Approximately 90% of oral cancer victims are age 40 and older. Recent studies indicate that, increasingly, patients are being diagnosed at a younger age with oral cancer. Though tobacco and alcohol use are the primary lifestyle risk factors that contribute to the development of oral cancer, 25% of oral cancer victims do not use tobacco or alcohol, and have no lifestyle risk factors. Oral cancer affects men more than women; 2:1, but oral cancer in women is on the rise nationwide.