Advanced Oral Cancer Screening by Dr. Besharati in Issaquah Highlands

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With a mortality rate over 50% at 5 years, one person every hour of every day dies of oral cancer in the U.S. However, if detected early the survival rate is nearly 90%. Highlands Dentistry, in Issaquah Highlands, is incorporating the cutting-edge VELscope® Oral Cancer Screening System into its dental practice. In addition to maintaining and creating beautiful smiles with advanced family dentistry in Issaquah, the Issaquah dentist says improving his ability to monitor the recent growth in incidence of oral cancer is just one way he strives to support the oral health of his patients.

The ability to monitor the recent growth in incidence of oral cancer is just one way we strive to support the oral health of our patients.

Dr. Besharati now offers oral cancer screenings using the VELscope® with 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. Besharati 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. Besharati 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. Besharati. 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. Ray Besharati, DDS, DMD, is a Family and Cosmetic Dentist in Issaquah Highlands who is taking innovative action to help prevent oral cancer in his patients. For over 15 years, Dr. Besharati 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, Invisalign, Laser Dentistry and more.

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