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With roughly 35,000 new cases reported annually in the United States, oral cancer is considered one of the most common cancers. With recent advancements in dentistry, it is now easier than ever to detect oral cancer early, when the opportunity for a cure is great. With Velscope, your dentist can view abnormalities in the mucosal tissues of your lips, mouth and upper throat. In just two minutes you can successfully be screened for oral cancer. By detecting pre-cancerous lesions early, Velscope may save thousands of lives.

What is Oral Cancer?

Every hour, every day, oral cancer kills someone in the United States. Early diagnosis will save lives and if caught early enough, the five year survival rate can be as high as 81%. Oral cancer can occur anywhere in the mouth, but the tongue appears to be the most common location. Other oral structures could include the lips, gums and other soft palate tissues in the mouth.

Some warning signs of oral cancer include, but are not limited to:
* Hoarseness or difficulty swallowing
* Unusual bleeding or persistent sores in the mouth that won't heal
* Lumps or growths in other nearby areas, such as the throat or neck

What is Velscope?

Velscope is a revolutionary hand-held device that provides dentists and hygienists with an easy-to-use adjunctive mucosal examination system for the early detection of abnormal tissue. It is based on the direct visualization of tissue fluorescence and the changes in fluorescence that occurs when abnormalities are present.

The Velscope hand piece emits a safe blue light into the oral cavity, which excites the tissue from the surface of the epithelium through to the basement membrane and into the stroma beneath, causing fluorescence. Your dentist is then able to immediately view the different fluorescent responses to help differentiate between normal and abnormal tissue. In fact, Velscope is the only non-invasive adjunctive device that is clinically proven to help discover oral disease.

Maintain Regular Check-ups with Your Dentist

Oral cancer screening is a routine part of a dental examination and is essential in the early detection of cancerous and pre-cancerous conditions. Because oral cancer is often undetected and often painless, you may have a very small, but dangerous, oral spot or sore and not be aware of it. During your regular examination, your dentist will carefully examine the inside of your mouth and tongue. In some patients, there may be a flat, painless, white or red spot, or even a small sore. Although most of these are harmless, some may not be.

Spots or sores that are harmless often look identical to those that are not harmless, but testing can tell them apart. If you do have a sore with a likely cause, your dentist may treat it and ask you to return for a re-examination. To ensure that a spot or sore is not dangerous, your dentist may choose to perform a simple test.

For definitive oral cancer diagnosis, it is important to visit your dentist in Salt Lake City, who will examine your mouth and evaluate your medical history to formulate an initial diagnostic impression and treatment plan. Continual check-ups to your dentist are important in maintaining your oral health and preventing cancer.

Resource Box:
Dr. David Blanco, dentist in Salt Lake City, graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1999 and the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics graduate Post Residency in 2000. He offers services in sedation dentistry, dental implants, veneers and crowns in Salt Lake City, among an array of other dental health services.

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