Friday, January 23, 2009

Early Detection of Oral Cancer

Oral cancer posts some big, scary numbers. It strikes approximately 35,000 people annually in the US, killing 7,500 of them (that's more than skin cancer).  I mentioned in a previous posting that dentists are trained to detect oral cancer.

There is also a device called a ViziLite that helps dentists detect oral cancer early, before white patches are visible.  A ViziLite exam may be covered by insurance.

Early detection and treatment can give the patient an 80% or better chance at survival.  That's the kind of number we like to see.  You can do a self-examination for oral cancer.  However, to get access to the latest technology and to have the best chance at early detection of oral cancer, see a dentist regularly as well.

1 comment:

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