4608 Dogwood Drive, Suite A
Everett, WA 98203

Oral Cancer. Early Discovery Can Save Lives


• The incidence of oral cancer increased 11% in the United States in 2007.

• Unlike several other cancers, the survival rate for oral cancer has remained unchanged for decades.

• The overall 5-year survival rate for oral cancer is 52%, but when discovered early, it increases to 80% – 90%.

• Unfortunately, only 35% of oral cancer cases are diagnosed in the early stages. Why? Because there have been few advances made in screening techniques.

• Pre-malignant changes actually start below the surface, at the basement membrane. These changes may not be apparent to the naked eye until the disease progresses to the surface

The VELscope® System is a revolutionary hand-held device that provides dentists, hygienists, and other oral health care professionals with an easy-to-use adjunctive mucosal examination system for the early detection of abnormal tissue. The VELscope® System Handpiece emits a safe blue light into the oral cavity, which excites the tissue from the surface of the epithelium through to the basement membrane and into the stroma beneath, causing it to fluoresce. The clinician is then able to immediately view the different fluorescence responses to help differentiate between normal and abnormal tissue. In fact, the VELscope® System is the only adjunctive device cleared by the FDA to help discover oral mucosal lesions that might not be apparent or visible to the naked eye and to help surgeons determine the appropriate surgical margin for tumor excision.

At Crow Family Dentistry we offer to use our VELscope® System on all patients to supplement the visual oral cancer exam which we have always performed.  This examination is:

  • Painless, non-invasive, with no rinses or stains required
  • Quick.  It only one or two minutes
  • Low cost.  Currently our fee is $15.


We are committed to saving lives!


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