When was the last time you received an oral cancer screening? According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, over 43,250 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. Of that number, at least 50 percent will succumb to the disease within five years. The high mortality rate is often accredited to the fact that few people discover they have the disease until the later stages. In our continuing efforts to provide the most advanced technology, and highest quality care available to our patients, Dr. R. Terry Councill and Dr. Jonathan Glass have incorporated VELscope into our screening standard of care. We find that using VELscope, the single most effective screening system available today, along with the standard oral cancer screening examination, improves our ability to identify suspicious areas at their earliest stages. This enables our team to uncover the disease in the early stages and boost the chances of a full recovery.
What Does an Oral Cancer Screening Involve?
After a routine visual examination, Dr. Councill and Dr. Glass use the VELscope device to search for abnormal tissue that would be difficult to see under normal light. VELscope is a simple, painless, two-minute exam. The VELscope blue light stimulates natural fluorescence in the soft tissues of your mouth. Natural fluorescence, seen through the VELscope, allows us to see disease not visible with the naked eye. This helps us discover any cancerous or precancerous lesions or abnormities that may be overlooked in a typical visual scan.
How Often Should I Have an Oral Cancer Screening?
Dr. Councill and Dr. Glass recommend receiving an oral cancer screening once a year as part of your regular checkup. By maintaining regular checkups, you help increase the odds of uncovering the disease before it progresses. If you have any questions, we invite you to contact our office today.