VELscope Oral Cancer Screening
VELscope is an advanced oral screening tool used to identify abnormal cells along the mucous membranes inside the mouth and throat. The test takes approximately 2 minutes to administer, during which time a North Vancouver dentist will administer a special rinse to the mouth that causes the nuclei of abnormal pre-cancerous or cancerous cells appear to glow when subjected to the VELscope technology. The light is especially useful in detecting oral cancer in its earliest stages before it has had an opportunity to spread to other tissues. The entire process is quick, painless, and has the potential to help save lives.
Did you know…
that VELscope can greatly reduce the number of false positive and false negative lesions found in dental offices? Clinical studies have shown VELscope to correctly identify every pre-cancerous and cancerous lesion in patients who were screened. The technology also reduces the number of biopsies ordered by dentists due to normal tissues that appear cancerous to the naked eye, but aren’t.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I get North Vancouver VELscope oral cancer screening?
Yes. When you choose to get VELscope oral cancer screening in North Vancouver, you are increasing your chances of early treatment should you be diagnosed with oral cancer. With modern technology making it possible to identify dangerous diseases in their earliest stages, why gamble with your health?
What should I expect during the VELscope oral cancer screening?
Your screening will begin when your dentist asks you to rinse the inside of your mouth and back of your throat with a special solution. Your North Vancouver dentist will then shine the VELscope fluorescent light on the surface areas of your inner mouth to search for spots that appear brighter than surrounding healthy tissues.
My results were negative for oral cancer. Do I need to be screened again?
As a precaution, you should be screened for oral cancer at every dental exam or at least once yearly.