Oral Cancer Screening

One American dies every hour from oral cancer. Late detection of oral cancer is the primary cause that both the incidence and mortality rates of oral cancer continue to increase. It is one of the few types of cancer that has not seen a significant reduction in incidence over the past thirty years, and recent research has shown a strong association with Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which can be sexually transmitted. For this reason, many oral health care professionals now believe that all individuals over the age of 18 should have at least an annual oral examination. While, age, tobacco and alcohol use are risk factors for oral cancer, more than 25% of oral cancer victims have no lifestyle risk factors.

DiSanto-Rose Dental now offers ViziLite Plus technology for oral cancer screening. We find that using the ViziLite Plus T-Blue along with a standard oral cancer examination improves the ability to identify suspicious areas at their earliest stages, before they are apparent to the naked eye. Early detection of precancerous tissue can minimize or eliminate the potentially disfiguring effects of oral cancer and possibly save your life.

* The incidence of oral cancer increased 11% in the United States in 2007

* Unlike several other cancers, the survival rate for oral cancer has remained unchanged for decades

* The overall 5-year survival rate for oral cancer is 52%, but when discovered early, it increases to 80% - 90%

* Pre-malignant changes actually start below the surface, at the basement membrane. These changes may not be apparent to the naked eye until the disease progresses to the surface

The oral cancer ViziLite exam takes about two minutes as part of the initial comprehensive oral exam, involves no pain or inconvenience, and is completely safe. Because early detection of cancer is critical to treatment success we do a periodic oral cancer screening at each hygiene visit at no extra fee.