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Oral Cancer Screening

Dr.Fiss is proud to announce that since 2009 we have incorporated the VELscope® System into our dental practice.

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The VELscope System, recently approved by the FDA, was developed by the British Columbia Cancer Agency and Vancouver-based LED Dental Inc. It is a revolutionary hand-held device that provides dentists and hygienists with a new tool to aid in the early detection of oral cancer. The VELscope examination is a non-invasive, painless procedure which takes only a few minutes. The dentist shines a blue light into the mouth to cause it to fluoresce. This fluorescence helps the dentist visualize abnormal tissue which may be, or may lead to, oral cancer.

Over 45,750 people are diagnosed with oral cancer annually in the United States and unfortunately 8,650 deaths per year. With a mortality rate of over 50% at 5 years, one person every hour of every day dies of oral cancer in America. If detected early however, oral cancer is 90% survivable. Dr. Fiss: “We’ve always conducted an annual comprehensive oral cancer screening for all of our patients, but the VELscope System will allow us to see things we’ve been unable to see previously. By detecting potential problems earlier, we’ll be providing our patients with the best oral health care currently available”.

For more information regarding the VELscope System, visit www.velscope.com or call Dr.Fiss with your questions, and to schedule an appointment.

For the added protection of our patients, this office utilizes the VELscope to better visualize the oral mucosa during our comprehensive oral screening exams.

This new, exciting technology utilizes a safe high energy light and specialized filter technology to evaluate the oral tissue for abnormal areas of concern that may not be evident under white light.
Studies indicate that the VELscope will assist us in detecting diseases and abnormalities at earlier stages before they may turn into life threatening concerns.

Introducing an important and conservative new option in the detection of Oral Cancer.

Introducing an important and conservative new option in the detection of Oral Cancer.

One person every hour of every day dies of Oral Cancer in America. It has become the sixth leading cancer among men and is one of the few cancers in which the rate of detection is increasing among young adults. Most people are not aware of the potential risks; however, when detected early enough, the survival rate for oral cancer is very high.

At one time oral cancer was predominantly seen among smokers, however, increasingly, oral cancer is being seen in patients of all ages. Although smoking is still a leading factor, many other criteria such as age, family history, ethnicity and alcoholic consumption also play a role. Many experts have surmised that an increasing cause is exposure to the HPV virus, which is the primary precursor of cervical cancer. These various factors all point towards the need for better technology to assist in the early detection of this curable disease.

We at Dr. Fiss’ office, have always conducted an annual comprehensive oral cancer screening for all of our patients, but we have recently incorporated a breakthrough technology that will allow us to see things we’ve been unable to see previously. By detecting potential problems earlier, we’ll be providing our patients with the best oral health care currently available.

This new and exciting technology, called VELscope, utilizes a narrow band of safe, high-energy blue light and specialized filtering technology to help thoroughly evaluate the oral tissue for abnormal areas of concern, such as potentially cancerous lesions that may not be evident under white light.

As we care about your health as well as your teeth, we are now offering this to all patients during their annual oral examination. We believe that this new technology will assist us in detecting disease at earlier stages and therefore catch abnormalities before they turn into cancer.

Your dental insurance may or may not cover the fee for this care. Coverage for this procedure (like most dental procedures) usually varies among insurance companies; however, this modest annual fee is well worth the benefit that this new device provides.

Please give us a call if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you at your next visit.