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What is VELscope Vx?

VELscope Vx is one of the best oral cancer screening devices on the market. Its used by dental professionals as an aid to examination for oral abnormalities such as oral cancer and premalignant dyslpasia. Over 10,000,000 examinations have been performed so far. This technology has been recognized by the World Health Organization. When it comes to oral cancer, its essential to catch cancer early. Found early, oral cancer's 5-year survival rate is promising at approximately 83%. On the other hand, if oral cancer is found too late, the 5-year survival plan is around 32%. From just these statistics alone its evident that catching oral cancer i its early stages is key to survival.

So what are the biggest risk factors when it comes to oral cancer? Studies have shown that tobacco and chewing tobacco, along with alcohol are the leading causes of oral cancer. Over the past four decades, the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), known for its role in cervical cancer, has been showing up in increasing numbers of oropharyngeal cancer cases, and rarely, oral cancer cases.

The way in which VELscope Vx technology works is that the blue light stimulates natural fluorescence in the soft tissues of one's mouth. Natural fluorescence, seen through the VELscope Vx, allows dental professionals to see abnormalities not visible to the naked eye. In other words, VELscope Vx aids dentists in improving our assessment of one's overall health. It ensures that areas of concern are identified and appropriately investigated. The assessment can be done in two minutes, with no rinses, stains or discomfort.

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