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The Velscope Oral Cancer Screening Exam

Blog by Dr. Gilbert Lee | March 18th, 2015

Velscope Oral Cancer Screening Exam

Oral cancer is number nine on the list of occuring cancers inside the body, and everyday one person dies of oral cancer in the Canada and the US. About 25% of oral cancers occur in people who are not high risk. These people have no history of smoking, chewing tabacco, or being immunocompromised. The velscope can be a very important in discovering abnormalities, which can be critically important in the fight of oral cancer.
The velscope uses a light-based detection system that uses chemiluminescence, blue white LED, and autofluorescence as light sources.
The velscopes blue light (400-450nm) stimulates epithelial cells. The darker areas under the velscope are detections of abnormalities or changes of the composition of the tissues. The velscope does not diagnose cancer. If there are any abnormalities that the dentist is concerned with, there is a attached camera where Dr.Lee can take a picture and send it to the BC Cancer Agency witha  detalied report. A scalpel bioposy can also be done and sent for testing. The velscope cancer screening exam should be done once a year for anyone over the age of fourteen. Knowing how important the cancer screening exam is we have reduced the fee from $40 to $28 if you have it done while you come in for your exam to make it more affordable to our clients on a yearly basis.

If your or know anyone that is interseted in having the Velscope Cancer Screening Exam done please give us a call at
#200-3650 Mt. Seymour Pkwy
North Vancouver, BC V7H 2Y5