In the USA more than 40,000 oral cancer cases are diagnosed each year, more than 1 per hour. Oral cancer includes any cancerous growth in the oral cavity, and may grow from tissue to effect jaw bone structure and teeth. While the majority of oral cancers result from tobacco smoke, other environmental or genetic factors also may cause oral cancer.
The Velscope is a revolutionary oral surgery tool that helps Dr. Calat detect cancerous growths before they become more serious.
How Does It Work?
The VELscope emits a safe, visible blue light into the oral cavity, which excites the oral tissue and causes it to fluoresce. Natural tissue fluorescence is caused by “fluorophores”. When fluorophores are excited by light of an appropriate wavelength (blue for example), fluorophores emit their own light at a longer wavelength (green). The resulting fluorescence can reveal cellular, structural, and/or metabolic activity changes that are often directly related to a disease process that may be occurring inside the tissue of your mouth. The oral cavity can \be examined in real time, enhancing Dr. Calat’s ability to quickly identify suspicious tissue that may require further investigation.
If you would like to consult with Dr. Calat about oral cancer screening please call 212-696-2677 or email us.
April 18th is Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week