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.

2 comments:

  1. Oral cancer affects lips, tongue, cheek, palate, base of the mouth, sinuses and pharynx. And if it is not detected and treated on time, it could lead to life-menacing situation. Men are more prone to affect than women. Those who smoke, eat tobacco, drinkers, more expose to sun are more at risk to get this cancer. One should quit smoking, eat balanced diet to prevent it. For more information on it, refer Oral cancer symptoms

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  2. While I can appreciate the fact that we dentists love our toys, sometimes we need to take a step back from the shiny objects - beyond the marketing to some basic facts...science.

    The recent article on Chemoluminescence (Vizilite) and Autofluorescence (VELscope and Trimira)in the current JADA made me take a step back. I think I just wanted it to work (in my case, is was the VELscope).
    http://jada.ada.org/cgi/content/abstract/141/2/151

    What are your thoughts?

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