Velscope is an oral cancer screening device we offer at Rolling Acres Dentistry. Oral cancer has continued to increase dramatically throughout the years, even though the percentage of smokers has declined. Unfortunately, sometimes by the time a visible lesion is present in the mouth the cancer is already within final stages and the survival rates are only about 30%. Velscope illuminates through oral tissues providing us with a better understanding of what may be going on under the surface. In early stages of oral cancer there may not be visible lesions apparent to the eye so we use the Velscope light to shine through the tissues. The purpose of the examination is to see any abnormal cell growth or increased blood supply both of which may indicate a problem area. This test is not a diagnosis tool, if an area is labeled an area of concern we will refer you to have the area further tested by an oral surgeon.