One person every hour, every day dies of oral cancer in America. It has become the sixth leading cancer among men and is one of the few cancers in which the rate of detection is increasing among young adults. Most people are not aware of the potential risks; however, when detected early enough, the survival rate for oral cancer is very high.
At one time oral cancer was predominantly seen among smokers. However, increasingly, oral cancer is being seen in patients of all ages. Although smoking is still a leading factor, many other criteria such as age, family history, ethnicity and alcoholic consumption also play a role. Many experts have surmised that an increasing cause is exposure to the HPV virus, which is the primary precursor of cervical cancer. These various factors all point toward the need for better technology to assist in the early detection of this curable disease.
Smileboston Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry uses VELscope™ technology in our annual oral cancer patient screens. VELscope™ uses a narrow band of safe, high-energy blue light and specialized filtering technology to help thoroughly evaluate the oral tissue for abnormal areas of concern, such as potentially cancerous lesions that may not be evident under white light. This technology allows us to detect the disease at earlier stages and catch abnormalities before they turn into cancer, providing our patients with the best oral health care available.
To learn more about the risk factors, symptoms and early detection of oral cancer please visit, www.oralcancerfoundation.org