VELscope Oral Cancer Screening

Velscope Oral Cancer Screening

Advanced VELscope® technology helps detect one of the deadliest diseases – oral cancer.

The bad news: Only half of the Americans diagnosed with oral cancer this year will survive the next five years. It’s one of the deadliest forms of cancer. The main reason is in the early stages of the disease, oral cancer has no visible symptoms and two thirds of the time it is not detected until late stages when it has spread to other parts of the body.

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation roughly one person dies every hour, every day.

An alarming new medical issue is that oral sex can cause throat cancer. The number of younger people affected with the disease is growing. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, “At least two versions of the human papillomavirus, HPV have been shown to cause oral cancer in young, non-tobacco users.” The HPV virus is sexually transmitted and can form on the vocal chords, base of the tongue and tonsils.

More bad news: The face of oral cancer is changing. It’s no longer the seventy-year-old man that smokes and drinks. Young men and women who have had more than six oral sex partners have nine times the risk of developing cancer of the tonsils, throat or base of the tongue – higher than smoking and drinking alcohol combined, according to the New England Journal of Medicine.

There are three times as many cases of oral cancer as there are of cervical cancer and it’s really difficult to see with the naked eye. Twenty-five percent of new cases diagnosed are not in any high-risk group whatsoever, people who really should not have oral cancer. Most people have no idea that being a non-smoker or non-drinker, they are still at risk.

The good news: Technology now exists that can detect the earliest signs of oral cancer, and Dr. Abeles utilizes it.

It’s called the VELscope®. It’s quick, painless, and noninvasive, using a bright blue light to illuminate the mouth. Under this light, it’s possible to see abnormalities that are invisible to the naked eye. Dr. Abeles’ office is one of the first dental practices in Atlanta to adopt VELscope® technology, and has successfully used it on hundreds of patients.

In addition to VELscope® screenings, Dr. Abeles also offers the OraRisk℠ HPV, an advanced genetic test that checks for the human papillomavirus, which is the single biggest risk factor for oral cancer.

VELscope® oral cancer screening and OraRisk℠ HPV tests are highly recommended to help protect against this life-threatening form of cancer, and both are offered as part of our comprehensive examination and recall examination. The rule is two weeks. If you have something in your mouth that’s not gone in two weeks, you should get it looked at. VELscope® screening technology can help save lives. Early diagnosis is the key.

The VELscope oral cancer screening technology is featured on The Dr. Oz Show.

On September 14, 2010, Dr. Oz aired a segment called, “The Lifesaving Appointment You Must Make This Year” on which he discussed oral cancer.

He demonstrated the use of the VELscope, and urged everyone to ask their dentist very explicitly, “Check my mouth for oral cancer.”

As one of the first dental practices in Atlanta to offer this important lifesaving technology, Dr. Abeles has performed VELscope screenings on hundreds of patients. If you haven’t yet had a VELscope oral cancer screening, we urge you to make an appointment for a comprehensive exam now. As Dr. Oz says, “It’s the dental visit that could save your life.”

> Click here to view the Dr. Oz Show segment on oral cancer screening

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