Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer has three times as many victims as cervical cancer. One person in North America dies of oral cancer every hour of every day.​

The biggest growth in oral cancer is among non-smokers and the main cause is HPV (Human Papillomavirus). When caught early (at or before Stage 1), the survival rate is over 90%. Dr. LaTocha's office has invested in the state-of-the-art VELscope® system for early detection of oral cancers. Call us today at (231) 436-7400 to schedule your simple, painless, and inexpensive oral cancer examination.

How VELscope Works

VELscope shines a special blue light inside your mouth.  Normal tissue reflects the light back in a bright, apple-green shade. Cancerous tissue, on the other hand, appears dark and easily noticeable. Even when no abnormal tissue is visible under white light, VELscope’s light makes the cancerous tissue visible to the examiner’s eye.