Cancer is a scary proposition that no one wants to contemplate. But sometimes, keeping yourself safe means being objective and trying to get ahead of potential problems. As we all know, the best way to combat cancer is to get an early diagnosis to ensure swift treatment. At Wheelock and Associates Dentistry, we can be your first line of defense thanks to our oral cancer screenings with VELSCOPE®
Why Do I Need an Oral Cancer Screening?
Oral cancer affects over 54,000 people every year and is responsible for nearly 10,000 deaths. Although relatively rare, several environmental and genetic factors might put you at increased risk. If you are a frequent smoker, drinker, or have contracted human papillomavirus (HPV), you should consider undergoing a screening once a year.
What is VELSCOPE®?
VELSCOPE® is a revolutionary device used to detect the early and onset signs of oral cancer. This system uses a specialized light that highlights oral cancer symptoms (like sores, reddish and white patches, or lumps) a different color than the rest of your mouth. Although not a definitive diagnosis, the VELSCOPE® light does allow dentists to see symptoms that would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye – making it a crucial tool in the fight against oral cancer.
Advantages of Oral Cancer Screenings with VELSCOPE®
- Non-intrusive screening process
- Quick process
- No chemicals or radiation
Are You Looking for an Oral Cancer Screening with VELSCOPE®?
At Wheelock and Associates Dentistry, we use our advanced medical technology to be your strongest ally in oral and overall health. Get in touch today to learn more about our oral cancer screening process or schedule an appointment!