Oral cancer screenings are quick, simple examinations performed by your dentist to detect early or existing signs of cancer or precancerous conditions within your mouth. This allows our team to identify any sign of cancer early when there is a greater chance of successful treatment and recovery. Most oral cancer screenings can be conducted during your regular dentist appointments and should be performed every few months to ensure any signs of oral or throat cancer are caught as early as possible.
The VELScope oral cancer screening system consists of a specialized blue light source and viewing scope that makes it easier for your doctor to closely inspect the tissues inside your mouth. In this light, healthy tissues will appear to glow a bright green color. Abnormal or precancerous tissues will appear much darker under this light.
It’s important to note that an abnormal screening does not necessarily mean that the patient in question has cancer. If your screening produces abnormal results, your dentist may schedule a second scan at a later time to see if the same abnormalities appear again. A gentle, non-invasive brush biopsy may also be performed to make sure the dark spots are not cancerous or precancerous.