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Kewanee Family Dentistry
414 S. Chestnut St.
Kewanee, IL 61443
(309) 853-3393
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Here are the facts about oral cancer:

  • An estimated 36,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer 2013
  • An estimated 6,850 people will die of oral cancer in 2013
  • When detected early, oral cancer’s 5-year survival rate is approximately 83%
  • When detected late, oral cancer’s 5-year survival rate is approximately 32%

Because oral cancer is often detected in later stages, oral cancer’s mortality rate is higher than most other cancers. When detected late, oral cancer can cause disfiguration and lessen an individual’s quality of life.

Now, there is the VELscope. The VELscope is the first device approved by the FDA to help dentists detect cancerous and pre-cancerous lesions that might not be apparent to the naked eye. The VELscope is a handheld device that emits a blue fluorescent light onto your oral tissue, illuminating abnormal tissue so that it appears distinctly different from surrounding normal tissue. The VELscope exam takes approximately 2 minutes to complete, is painless, effective, and is completed with the standard oral soft tissue exam.