A recent study by the Oral Cancer Foundation has shown that more than 450,000 new cases of oral and throat cancers are diagnosed each year. Oral cancer kills one person every hour in the U.S. A person may have oral cancer and not even know it. As with ALL forms of cancer, early detection is critical. If we diagnosed early enough many times cancer can be cured.
The VELscope® screening system consists of a specialized fluorescent blue light and viewing scope that make it easier for us to look closely at the tissues inside your mouth. Normal tissues will glow a bright green and the abnormal tissue does not fluoresce and appears black.
If there is abnormal tissue found, it does not always mean that the patient has cancer. When this occurs, our dentist may schedule a second scan in approximately two weeks to see if the dark spot has disappeared. If the spot is still present, Dr. Oyangen will refer the patient to a specialist for a biopsy of the area of concern.
Please contact Advanced Aesthetics Dentistry today to learn more and to schedule your appointment.