Thursday, December 3, 2009

Fighting Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is a terrible and debilitating disease. There are about 30,000 cases diagnosed each year and the 5 year survival rate has been basically unchanged since the 1960's. It's a disease that those of us in dentistry screen for constantly. It's also the reason that advanced screening devices have come to market.

In my office we're currently using the Trimara Identafi Ultra on our recare exams.

However now there is a new epidemiological twist to the oral cancer statistics. It seems the disease is increasing in its incidence in younger patients (teens-30). The thought process is that it is related to the human papilloma virus. There was an interesting article on the CNN website this week that discussed why younger women are the fastest growing group of suffers.

Read the article here.

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