Hi everyone,

I'm a 34 year old man and this is my first post on this forum. About a week ago I began having a burning sensation on the tip and edges of my tongue that felt almost identical to the somewhat uncomfortable numbness you get about 30 minutes after scalding your tongue on hot food or drink (i.e., once the acute pain ends and the dull, nagging discomfort sets in). When it did not go away after a few days I made an appointment with a new dentist to see what was going on. After listening to my history he said it sounded like 'burning mouth syndrome,' but when he visually inspected my mouth he noted that the areas corresponding to my pain looked slightly darker than the rest of my tongue, but without any actual lesion evident (lumps, ulceration, etc). He then inspected the area with a VelScope device and said that the tissue showed up as abnormal. He told me not to worry too much yet, as this doesn't automatically mean that I have cancer, but he referred me to an oral surgeon to have a biopsy performed. This will occur next week. In the meantime I've been doing some amateur armchair research on the accuracy of the Velscope device and am finding wildly contradictory research, some of which indicates that the device has a near 100% sensitivity and specificity for identifying cancer, while other studies document that as few as 12% of tissues deemed abnormal by the device turn out to be cancerous upon biopsy, and suggesting a very high false positive rate. I realize that no one here can provide medical advice but I'm wondering if any forum members have experience with false positive velscope results. I suppose I'm looking for some hope that perhaps this will turn out to be benign. Thanks very much for reading!

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