VELscope(R) Intended to Help Reduce Alarming Rate of Oral Cancer
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, April 5 /CNW/ - The Medical Devices Bureau
of Health Canada recently gave British Columbia's LED Dental Inc. approval to
use its VELscope device to assist dentists in detecting precancerous and
cancerous growths that may be missed with traditional examinations.
This approval is based on studies conducted by scientists at the British
Columbia Cancer Agency and the University of British Columbia. The studies
report cases that demonstrated VELscope's ability to facilitate the detection
of lesions that were not visible by an expert under conventional white light
Oral Cancer: The Forgotten Disease
Oral cancer is one of the few forms of cancer that have not experienced a
significantly decreased mortality rate in the past 30 years. Deaths from oral
cancer are higher than from cervical, testicular, laryngeal or thyroid cancer.
It is estimated that over 35,000 North Americans will develop oral cancer in
2007, and that only about half of them will be alive in five years. One North
American dies of this disease every hour of every day.
The traditional profile of an oral cancer victim is that of a heavy user
of tobacco and alcohol who is at least 40 years old. However, the number of
victims who do not fit this profile has been growing at an alarming rate in
recent years. One reason may be the growth in the occurrence in the human
papilloma virus (HPV), one strain of which is now thought to be a possible
cause of oral cancer. Because of this, many health professionals are now
recommending that annual oral cancer screens be performed not merely on the
traditional at-risk group, but on all adults 18 years-old and older.
Oral Cancer: Detectable and Treatable
The high mortality rate of oral cancer is largely the result of the late
stage at which the disease is typically detected. Fortunately, the 5-year
survival rate is estimated to be 80% or higher when oral cancer is detected at
early stages. Annual dental hygiene exams are generally considered to be the
ideal opportunity to conduct an oral cancer screening. The VELscope exam is
intended to supplement the conventional white light visual exam and can be
given by a hygienist in only one or two minutes.
"VELscope is uniquely able to help facilitate the early detection of oral
cancer, as it is the only adjunctive device approved to aid in the
identification of lesions that may not be visible to the naked eye, such as
precancerous or cancerous lesions," said Steven Semmelmayer, president and CEO
of LED Dental Inc. and its parent, LED Medical Diagnostics Inc.
"We have been gratified by the response we have received from dental
practices about VELscope," said Semmelmayer. "Their staffs appreciate the fact
that a VELscope exam is easy to perform and completely non-invasive, while
their patients are grateful that the practice is not only demonstrating a
serious concern for their health, but might even save their life."
About LED Dental
LED Dental Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of LED Medical Diagnostics,
which was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia.
For more information, call 1-888-541-4614, or visit www.VELscope.com.
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For further information:
For further information: for LED Dental Inc. John Pohl, 847-812-2879