More than 480,000 new cases of oral and throat cancers are diagnosed each year, and over 35,000 of those cases are in the United States. Oral cancer kills one person every hour in the US, and without proper detection methods, a person may have oral cancer, and not even be aware of it. Early detection and treatment play a major role in the patient’s chance of survival.
Risk factors include for oral cancer include;
- frequent use of tobacco products
- excessive consumption of alcohol
- genetics (a family history of cancer)
- compromised immunity system
- excessive exposure to sun at a young age
- presence of HPV (human papillomavirus)
The Velscope system emits a light into the oral cavity which causes the tissues to fluoresce. Abnormalities appear much darker under the light, allowing the practitioner to detect early changes in the cellular structure. The examination is painless, noninvasive, and does not involve stains or rinses. The procedure is approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA).