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Oral Cancer Screening

Oral Cancer Screening with VELscope

When it comes to oral cancer, early detection is key. Getting screened is is an effective way to discover oral cancer at an early, highly curable stage. With VELscope powered by Sapphire, your dentist can even detect lesions before they produce any pain or symptoms! So see your dentist for regular screenings with VELscope powered by Sapphire.

VELscope powered by Sapphire is a 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.

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
  • Gives your dentist a clear, up-close look at the condition of your mouth
  • Digital Camera allows your dentist to document findings for records to ensure accurate treatment

Oral Cancer

(Note that approximately 25% of oral cancer cases have no known 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


  • 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 neck

(For more information regarding oral cancer please
visit the Oral Cancer Foundation's website!)



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