Oral Cancer

Sapphire Plus Lesion Detection

“A person dies from oral cancer every hour of every day”.

-The oral cancer Foundation


The oral cancer death rate is high due to late discovery.

The solution…….early detection

Sapphire Plus lesion Detection is a new adjunctive technology that, in addition to a through visual and physical oral exam, allowsyour 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 only takes 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.


Sapphire plus Lesion Detection.

It’s painless, takes minutes and 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.

HPV increase 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 has 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, laryngeal cancer, cancer of the testes, endocrine system cancers and melanoma, (Oral Cancer Foundation)


Risk Factors

•More common in men than women
•Most common in Afican Americans
•Greater risk after the age of 35
•Tobacco use
•Frequent alcohol consumption
•Prolonged exposure to sunlight ( Lip cancer)
•A diet in low 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
•A sore under a denture that doesn’t heal
•A lump or thickening in the mouth or on the neck.


Oral cancer 5- year realative survival rate.

•Localized cancer (before it spreads): 82%
•Regional Cancer (spread to nearby organs): 53%
•Distant cancer (spread to distant organs): 28%