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VELscope powered by Sapphire is new technology that allows your dentist to detect oral lesions early. Without the aid of VELscope powered by Sapphire, cancerous and pre-cancerous lesions could go undetected and possibly spread, causing pain, disfiguration or death. The earlier cancerous and pre-cancerous lesions are detected, the greater the chances of successful prevention, treatment and recovery.

Risk Factors
  • More common in men than women
  • Most common in African Americans
  • Greater risk after age 35
  • Tobacco use
  • Frequent alcohol consumption
  • Prolonged exposure to sunlight (lip cancer)
  • A diet low in fruits and vegetables
  • The sexually transmitted infection HPV

{Approximately 25% of oral cancer} cases have no known risk factors.

Oral cancer 5-year relative survival rate
  • Localized cancer (before it spreads): 82%
  • Regional cancer (spread to nearby organs): 53%
  • Distant cancer (spread to distant organs): 28%
Why should I get screened with VELscope powered by Sapphire?
  • Early detection is vital for successful prevention and treatment of oral cancer- it could save your life!
  • Oral cancer can disfigure the face and neck
  • It’s proven to detect oral lesions-even lesions that aren’t visible
  • Procedure is painless and takes only minutes
  • HPV has been linked to oral cancer and is on the rise
  • Insurance coverage is available for yearly oral cancer exams
  • Gives your dentist a clear, up-close look at the condition of your mouth
  • Digital camera allows your dentist to document findings for records and to ensure accurate treatment
  • Red and/or white patches in the mouth
  • Any sore that doesn’t heal within 14 days
  • Persistent hoarseness
  • Feeling like something is caught in the throat
  • Difficulty moving the jaw or tongue
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Ear pain on one side only
  • A sore under a denture that doesn’t heal
  • A lump or thickening in the mouth or on the neck


Ask your dentist for an oral exam with VELscope® powered by Sapphire® because early detection is vital.