April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month
At Aesthetic Dental Designs® we want to help spread the word about the importance of routine yearly oral cancer exams. We hope you will share it also with your friends and family. Along with a visual and tactile exam, a non-invasive device (such as the Velscope Vx) that takes less than two minutes to use could save a life. The non-invasive Velscope VX provides visualization of otherwise undetectable forms of tissue that the unassisted eye will not see.
So you are aware of the importance of an oral cancer screening, realize that over 45,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. It will cause over 12,000 deaths, killing over 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day. Of those 45,000 newly diagnosed individuals, only half will be alive in 5 years. Overall survival rate is 18% or less. This is a number which has not significantly improved in decades. The death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of cervical cancer, Hodgkin’s disease, cancer of the brain, liver, testes, kidney, ovary, or skin cancer (malignant melanoma).
We use the Velscope Vx which has the ability to locate tissue irregularities early so that they can be treated before becoming something more serious and life threatening occurs.
There are several types of oral cancers, but 90% are squamous cell carcinomas. Many people believe they are not at risk because they do not fit the traditional philosophy of smokers and people who drink alcohol being the risk group for oral cancer. Oral cancer is becoming more prevalent in teenagers in addition to adults due to the human papilloma virus.
Dr. Todd Snyder a cosmetic dentist, international lecturer and author in Laguna Niguel, CA utilizes this on all of his patients at his office. Make sure to get an oral cancer screening at least once a year from your dental office. In addition, get screened with a Velscope Vx System. Find out more about this incredible life saving device Vewww.velscope.comlscope VX.