Mortality rates from oral cancer have remained virtually unchanged for the last 40 years, killing one American every hour. 30,000 Americans are diagnosed with the disease every year. Fortunately, if detected early on, it can be cured in 80-90% of cases; and now there’s a new screening system available to make early detection easier than ever before.
VELscope™ is the latest FDA-approved system for oral cancer screening. It’s quick and painless, taking just two minutes to examine your lips, mouth, and upper throat for signs or cancer. It works by emitting a blue light into the tissues of your mouth. The VELscope’s filter makes it possible to visualize the difference between how normal and abnormal tissues look under this light.
VELscope™ has great potential for saving many lives by increasing the number of oral cancer cases that are detected early. However, not every dental office uses VELscope™. We at Smiles of Bellevue are proud to be one of the relatively few offices that offers this new technology to our patients!
If you’re looking for dentists in Bellevue, choose the one that has the latest and greatest technology to help keep your mouth as healthy as it can be.