Up until now, the only reliable, affordable oral cancer screening has been visual examination during hygiene appointments, yet new technology has changed this.
New York, NY (PRWEB) March 16, 2008
Dr. Linhart now offers oral cancer screenings using the VELscope® with every cleaning, and thus is helping to prevent this dangerous and potentially deadly disease.
Approximately 35,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year, and of those patients more than 50 percent will die within five years. In addition, oral cancer is more prevalent than cervical cancer and melanoma, which should put it in the forefront of people's minds. Dr. Linhart emphasizes that, "Up until now, the only reliable, affordable oral cancer screening has been visual examination during hygiene appointments, yet new technology has changed this."
The VELscope® is a revolutionary device that allows Dr. Linhart and his team to detect tissue changes in the oral cavity before they become apparent to the naked eye.
Produced by LED Medical Diagnostics Inc. (LED-MD), the VELscope® uses tissue fluorescence that can be directly viewed by Dr. Linhart. This fluorescence varies by tissue condition, and thus allows for visualization of unhealthy tissue; it allows the doctor to actually see precancerous lesions and early stage oral cancers. As with any cancer, early detection is essential in long-term prognosis and treatment.
The VELscope® is the only device cleared by the FDA and Health Canada to help detect oral mucosal lesions that might not be apparent or visible to the naked eye. Abnormal tissue typically appears as an irregular, dark green or black area that stands out against the otherwise normal, green fluorescence of healthy oral tissue.
Dr. Jan Linhart, DDS, is a restorative dentist in Manhattan who is taking innovative action to help prevent oral cancer in his patients. For over 25 years, Dr. Linhart has been improving his patient's oral health, and now with advancements in modern technology, he is able to provide early detection of oral cancer, one of the most dangerous oral diseases.
Step into our office to inquire about VELscope® preventative oral cancer detection screenings and many other state-of-the-art dental services that we offer, including porcelain veneers, dental implants, laser whitening, and more.