According to the American Cancer Society, in 2009 an estimated 35,720 new cases of oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancel will be diagnosed in the United States, causing approximately 7,600 deaths. It is one of the few types of cancer that has not seen a significant reduction in incidence over the past 30 years, and recent research has shown a strong association with human papillomavirus (HPV), which can be sexually transmitted. For this reason, it is recommended that all individuals over the age of 18, or anyone who is sexually active, should have at least an annual comprehensive oral examiniation, and ideally at every dental hygiene visit.

Oral cancer is typically discovered in late stages, when the five-year survival rate is only 22%. If detected in early stages, however, the five-year survival rate is 80% or higher. VELscope powered by Sapphire can also help discover abnormal growths before they become cancerous, even below the surface.

According to Dr. Savidge of Admiralty Dental Care, "We have always conducted an annual comprehensive oral cancer screening for all of our patients, but now VELscope powered by Sapphire will help us see things we might have missed previously. By detecting potential problems earlier, we will be providing our patients with the best health care currently available.

The FDA and Health Canada recently cleared VELscope powered by Sapphire for assisting dentists and hygienists in discovering cancerous or precancerous growths that may not be apparent during routine visual examinations. A screening with VELscope powered by Sapphire adds only a few minutes to a conventional examination and gives dentists greater insight into the condition of the patient's oral cavity. The process is completely free of any pain or discomfort and is affordably priced. In fact, an increasing number of insurance companies are covering the cost of screening.

For more information about VELscope powered by Sapphire, visit, or call (360) 385-7003 with any questions and to schedule an appointment.

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Admiralty Dental Center
600 Cliff Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368
General Info: (360) 385-7003