Oral Cancer Screening

Oral Cancer Screening Scottsdale, AZ


Did you know that oral cancer has one of the worst five-year survival rates of any type of cancer? Why? For the simple reason that it is not found through early detection. Despite the fact that it is the sixth most common type of cancer, most dentists either do not screen for the presence of oral cancer during a normal checkup. At best, many only check with the naked eye – an ineffective screening technique.

Dr. Rod Gore and Dr. Erik Svans use a powerful oral cancer screening device called the VELscope Vantage System that actually allows them to see deep into your oral tissue—beyond the exterior of your gums and cheeks. In 2-3 minutes the precise, high-powered fluorescent light can allow them to see what can’t be seen with the naked eye—the early formation of cancerous lesions. This Velscope Exam is equivalent to the mammogram for breast cancer, and only takes minutes to give you the best reassurance that your mouth is cancer free.

The VELscope Vantage System for oral cancer screening is the best detection device available—and it’s so quick and easy that we’ve incorporated it into nearly every patient visit. If you are age 18 older, we recommend at least one annual screening. The VELscope® Vantage System is the only oral cancer screening method approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Scottsdale dentists Rod Gore and Erik Svans can use it to detect tissue abnormalities, discoloration, premalignant growths and oral cancer that may be otherwise invisible to the naked eye.

How does it work? Velscope’s hand-held Light Source Unit (LSU) is a powerful blue excitation lamp with special optical filtering technology that emits a soft blue light to create a sharp contrast between healthy and unhealthy oral tissue deep within your mouth. The ability to see with superior clarity at this tissue depth allows Scottsdale Dentists Rod Gore, Erik Svans, or one of our dental hygienists to clearly identify any problems long before they reach the surface where detection can be too late.

When it comes to dentistry, Scottsdale and Phoenix area residents are strongly encouraged to invest 2-3 minutes in the rest of your life by detecting and eliminating any oral health issues that pose a risk to your overall health.

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