Sapphire Plus Lesion Detection
"A person dies from oral cancer every hour of every day."
- The Oral Cancer Foundation
It's painless, takes minutes and it could save your life.
When it comes to oral cancer, early detection is key. Getting screened is an effective way to discover oral cancer at an early, highly curable stage. With Sapphire Plus Lesion Detection, your dentist can even detect lesions before they produce any pain or symptoms. So see your dentist for regular screenings that include a thorough visual and physical oral exam and Sapphire Plus Lesion Detection
"I found lesions that I could not see under normal lighting conditions. Based upon my clinical experience using Sapphire, I find this device to be an indispensable tool for doctors screening for and treating oral pathologic conditions."
- Andrew K. Chang, MD, DDS, San Diego, CA
HPV increases incidence of oral cancer in young adults and non-smokers
Human papillomavirus (HPV), the sexually transmitted infection commonly associated with 95% of cervical cancer cases, has been linked to oral cancer. HPV hs caused an increase of cases in young, non-smoking individuals, a group that, until recently, had a low rate of oral cancer incidence.
"The death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of cervical cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma, larygeal cancer, cancer of the testes, endocrine system cancers and melanoma."
- Oral Cancer Foundation
The oral cancer death rate is high
due to late discovery.
The solution .... Early detection
Sapphire Plus Lesion Detection is new adjunctive technology that, in addition to a thorough visual and physical oral exam, allows your dentist to potentially discover oral lesions early. Without the aid of Sapphire Plus Lesion Detection, 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 Sapphire Plus Lesion Detection?
- 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 help discover 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 may be 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 more accurate treatment
- 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
- 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
Oral Cancer 5-year survival rate
- Localized cancer (before it spreads): 82%
- Regional cancer (spread to nearby organs): 53%
- Distant cancer (spread to distant organs): 28%
Ask your dentist for an oral exam including Sapphire Plus Lesion Detection... because early detection is vital.
For more information, ask your dental professional.