Oral cancer is a serious concern that is gaining more attention because of the additional risk factor of the human papillomavirus (HPV). If cancer screening isn’t performed on a regular basis, then oral cancer usually isn’t detected until it’s in a late stage and much more difficult to treat.
We use a VELscope for oral cancer screens, a blue-spectrum light that causes all the cells in your mouth to fluoresce in a distinctive pattern. Any abnormalities will break up the pattern of healthy cells, and are easily seen with the VELscope.
If we notice anything unusual, we’ll take a sample using an OralCDX Brush Test® to remove the cells for examination at a specialty laboratory. Read more on our blog about oral cancer.