Oral cancer may be one of the least discussed cancers, but the facts are worth talking about: Research shows that more than 30,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer every year. And contrary to popular belief, about 25 percent of those diagnosed are not tobacco users. The mortality rate for oral cancer is higher than many types of cancers, including Hodgkins disease, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer and cancer of the brain.
Fortunately, some oral cancer statistics are encouraging. When caught early, oral cancer is one of the most treatable diseases - in fact, with early treatment there is a 90 percent success rate! And use of new light technology like Vizilite® Plus makes early detection of oral cancer fast, easy and pain-free. Vizilite Plus is an oral cancer detection system that identifies soft tissue abnormalities that may eventually turn into oral cancer. With the help of Vizilite Plus, your dentist can "see" abnormal tissues that aren't visible to the naked eye.
The Vizilite Plus Exam
It's understandable if the thought of an oral cancer exam makes you nervous. But before you let fear talk you out of getting checked for oral cancer, keep in mind that a Vizilite Plus exam is painless and fast! Typically, your Vizilite Plus oral cancer screening is combined with a regular dental exam, performed just after your dentist completes a visual examination of your mouth.
Here's what to expect from your Vizilite Plus oral cancer screening:
- You'll rinse your mouth with a cleansing solution
- Your dentist will dim the overhead lighting
- Using ViziLite Plus your dentist will look for abnormal tissue
As the ViziLite Plus light passes over your mouth, healthy tissues appear dark and problem areas white under this specialized light technology.