Among its most important functions, the VELscope® system is a complement to the dental examination and contributes to the detection of oral problems that can develop into oral cancer. It is designed to help dentists visualize abnormalities on the lips, mouth and upper throat and identify suspect mouth sores, including cancerous and precancerous lesions.
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How does VELscope® work?
The VELscope® emits a blue light that allows to see , using fluorescence, the differences between the normal and abnormal tissues of the mouth. Thanks to a special lens, dentists can detect, at the earliest stages, changes that are invisible to the naked eye through several cell layers. A complete visual inspection is always necessary.
About oral cancer.
- In 2009, the number of new cases and deaths attributable to oral cancer was expected to be nearly three times higher than that of cervical cancer.
- In Canada, in 2009, health officials estimated that there would be 3400 new oral cancer cases and that 1 150 people would die of this type of cancer.
- According to the Canadian Cancer Society, the five-year survival rate for oral cancer is 63%.-
- Regular screening increases the chances of detection of early stage cancer.
- People over the age of 40 who smoke and consume alcohol are more likely to develop oral cancer.
The use of the VELscope® is a complement to other traditional methods and does not replace them in any way.