VELscope® Oral Cancer Screening
Though it doesn’t get much publicity, oral cancer is the sixth most common type of cancer. Often not caught until the later stages, this disease can be disfiguring, often resulting in removal of the jaw, tongue or other facial structures. In the worst cases, oral cancer can be deadly.
Until recently, visual examination was the only method available. But now, a technological breakthrough called the VELscope allows dentists to meticulously screen for oral disease, picking up symptoms the naked eye can’t see.
In a VELscope exam, we shine a high-powered light over all oral tissue. Any abnormalities appear in sharp relief underneath this light, including the earliest formations of cancerous lesions. This screening takes just a few minutes, is painless, and is the best detection technology available. Dr. MacArthur and his team recommend that patients get an oral cancer screening at least once a year.