April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

VELscope Vx

VELscope Vx (Oral Cancer Screening) is part of a comprehensive oral screening

Oral cancer is one of the most curable diseases when it’s caught early. That’s why the VELscope Vx exam has been developed. VELscope Vx uses technology that has proven successful in identifying soft tissue abnormalities in other areas of the body. A VELscope Vx exam is particularly important if you are at increased risk for developing oral cancer.

The VELscope Vx exam can help the dentists and hygienists at Vibrant Smiles Family and Cosmetic Dentistry identify abnormal tissue, that might develop into oral cancer.

An annual VELscope Vx exam, in combination with a regular visual examination, provides a comprehensive oral screening procedure for patients at increased risk for oral cancer. The VELscope Vx exam is painless and fast, and could help save your life.

VELscope Vx is performed immediately following yearly visual examinations.

Importance of Early Detection

Early detection is the key to reducing the devastating impact of oral cancer on victims and their families. Annual oral cancer screening of patients at increased risk for oral cancer, patients age 18 and older, and tobacco users of any age, is the only way to achieve the early detection of oral cancer necessary to reduce the death rate of oral cancer – a death rate that has remained unchanged for more than 40 years.

Doesn’t my dentist already do a cancer screening?

Yes, your dentist does check your neck and oral tissues for lumps, red or white patches or recurring sore areas. But typically, these techniques catch cancer at very advanced stages and mortality drops dramatically. Early detection is key to a successful treatment. With VELscope Vx, Dr. Rainford can detect early stages of cancer more easily and should be checked yearly.