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Velscope Oral Cancer Screening
Smoking Is Not The Only Cause of Oral Cancer
While smoking is one of the best-known risk factors for oral cancer, it's not the only cause. Human papillomavirus (HPV) has also been linked to oral cancer, and sun exposure can cause cancer to develop on the lips. Genetics and alcohol consumption can also increase your risk for developing oral cancer.
At Jen Kim Dentistry, we pre the state-of-the-art Velscope screening in addition to our conventional oral cancer examination. Velscope is a tool that allows us to visualize abnormalities in the mucosal tissues of your lips, mouth, and upper throat. This important feature helps us discover abnormalities before they become visible under ordinary light. The early detection of a wide variety of oral diseases, including pre-cancer and cancer, helps increase your chances of preventing a serious health situation.
Use Contrast to Show Adbnormal Tissue
The Velscope's blue light "excites" molecules (called "fluorophores") deep within the layers of oral mucosal tissues. In turn, these fluorophores emit their own light (fluorescence) in shades of green, yellow, and red. The Velscope's proprietary filter makes fluorescence visualization possible by blocking reflected blue light and by enhancing the contrast between normal and abnormal tissue.