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Velscope is an oral assessment system that aids in detecting soft-tissue cell abnormalities in the mouth. It is a non-invasive procedure that uses a wireless handheld scope that applies florescence to test the cheeks, tongue and gum tissue. Abnormal cells can be detected long before they become visible to the human eye or cause symptoms. Early detection is key in the successful treatment of oral cancers.

Oral cancer is one of the few types of cancer that has not experienced a significantly reduced mortality rate in the past 30 years. Oral cancer has traditionally been associated with tobacco usage and it’s true that the majority of oral cancer victims smoke or use chewing tobacco, consume alcohol and are over 40. More and more however, oral cancer is striking younger people.

As a result, health care experts recommend annual oral cancer screenings for all adults aged 18 and older. If you smoke or use chewing tobacco, screenings are recommended every six months. Our practice has purchased a state-of-the-art device called the VELscope Oral Cancer Screening System. The VELscope exam takes about two minutes as a part of a regular hygiene check-up, involves no pain or inconvenience, and is a completely safe. We think you’ll appreciate the peace of mind this screening can provide.