It kills one person every hour of every day in North America. It has three times more victims than cervical cancer. Nearly half of oral cancer patients are expected to die within five years of diagnosis. These are sobering statistics.
Each time you visit us for an exam, we will carefully evaluate your mouth for signs of oral cancer. Early detection is the most effective way to improve survival rates.
To this end, our office has invested in a device that uses fluoresence visualization technology to aid us in early detection of oral cancers. The device, called the Velscope, is painless, non-invasive and involves no unpleasant rinses or stains.
It uses a safe blue light which excites the oral tissue, causing it to fluoresce, or "glow". Because normal tissue and abnormal tissue glow differently, we hope to discover possible cancers before they can be seen with the naked eye.
If you notice a sore in your mouth that does not go away within 2 weeks, make an appointment with us as soon as possible. Call us at 206-244-4545 to schedule a Velscope examination.
Velscope - High Tech Tool for Early Oral Cancer Detection