Apex Dental Offering New Technology to Screen for Oral Cancer
Every hour of every day, one American dies of oral cancer. Did you know that more than 30,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year, and of those, only 57% will be alive in 5 years? Apex Dental has the latest technology called a VELscope® that can detect oral cancer before it gets to be dangerous to your health.
No other technology available in the dental marketplace today does what fluorescence technology does. VELscope® is an adjunctive device cleared by the FDA for the use to help discover cancerous and precancerous tissue that might not be apparent to the naked eye and is the only device that has a second FDA clearance for the marginal delineation.
VELscope® technology looks deep within the tissue to where oral cancer and its precursors begin. The VELscope® System creates a reaction that can make unhealthy tissue easier to differentiate from healthy tissue, and it is particularly sensitive to the early signs of disease.
The traditional risk factors of oral cancer include:
- Previous history of oral cancer
- Over 40 years of age
- Smokeless tobacco
This means all patients, regardless of age and lifestyle, need an oral exam that looks closely for abnormal tissue.
How Does It Work?
The VELscope® Vx Handpiece emits a safe, visible blue light into the oral cavity, which excites the oral tissue and causes it to fluoresce. The oral cavity can then be examined in real time, enhancing the practitioner’s ability to quickly identify suspicious tissue that may require further investigation.
If you want your FREE oral evaluation, head in to our Murray or Riverton office to have your VELscope® cancer screening! Call us at 801.566.8833.