Comprehensive Exams - Downtown Chicago
VELSCOPE ORAL CANCER SCREENING
ALTHOUGH THOUGHT TO BE RARE, 115 PEOPLE ARE NEWLY DIAGNOSED WITH ORAL CANCER EACH DAY JUST IN THE US AND ONE PERSON DIES FROM ORAL CANCER EVERY HOUR OF EVERY DAY.
Research has recently confirmed that oral cancer is linked to:
- tobacco use
- excessive alcohol consumption
- a compromised immune system
- and even the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
Fortunately when the cancer is detected in its’ early stages, the 5-year survival rate is between 80 to 90%. The key to protecting yourself is early detection, and the key to early detection is Velscope Oral Cancer Screening.
The Velscope Oral Cancer Screening is a non-invasive tool that helps to identify the early signs and symptoms of oral cancer, and is used adjunctively with your routine oral examinations. This newly innovative device is extremely sensitive to abnormal tissue changes and the distinctive blue-spectrum light causes the soft tissues of the mouth, also known as the oral mucosa, to naturally fluoresce. Healthy tissues of the mouth fluoresce in distinct patterns that are visibly disrupted by trauma or disease, such as lesions, and fungal, viral, or bacterial infections.
Its use in our everyday practice at MG Dentistry provides timely information to enable earlier detection of abnormal tissues and help provide better outcomes for our patients.
Enjoy views of Chicago’s Millenium Park while getting your teeth cleaned.