Most people are surprised to learn that each year one American dies every hour from Oral Caner, making this type of cancer deadlier than cervical, brain, ovarian or skin cancer.  In fact, recent statistics published by the American Cancer Society estimates that while the incidence and death rates for cancers overall have decreased, new cases of oral cancer and deaths associated with oral cancer are increasing.

Why doesn’t everyone get their mouths checked with Vizilite?  I just did today. Yes it tastes bad, but oral cancer is one of the most curable diseases when it is caught early.  When premalignant lesions or early stage cancer is found, treatment is simpler, less invasive and more than 82% successful.

“Many people die from oral cancer because it is not detected at an early stage. That is why I offer and encourage my patients to learn the benefits of an annual Vizilite Plus screening.

Vizilite Plus is a proven screening technology that assists in the early detection of oral abnormalities, including premalignant lesions and oral cancer.  Early detection tools such as Pap smears, PSA tests and mammograms have greatly reduced death rates for cervical, prostate and breast cancers.  Vizilite Plus improves the dentist’s ability to identify, evaluate and monitor abnormal areas that are difficult to see under conventional lighting.  By incorporating this simple, quick and painless exam into their practices, dentists are our first line of defence in fighting this deadly disease.

The Vizilite Plus exam can potentially help save lives.  And, it shows our patients that their overall health is important to us and that we do so much more than check for cavities…

One more concern about oral cancer is the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).  HPV is an extrely common sexually transmitted infection and especailly prevalent in young adults 14-24 years old. Few people even know that they have it.  HPV has long been known to cause cervical cancer and now studies suggest it also plays a role in as many as 22% of oral cancer cases.