WHAT IS ORAL CANCER?
Cancer is defined as the uncontrollable growth of cells that invade and cause damage to surrounding tissue. Oral Cancer appears as a growth or sore in the mouth that does not go away. Oral Cancer, which includes cancer of the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, hard and soft palate,sinuses, and pharynx(throat), can be life threatening if not diagnosed and treat early.
ONE AMERICAN DIES EVERY HOUR FROM ORAL CANCER
The typical risk factors for oral cancer such as tobacco use and chronic alcohol consumption may be commonly known, however, a new risk called HPV is now changing the face of oral cancer. HPV has long been known to cause cervical cancer in women and recent studies show that it may play a role in more than 25% of oral cancer cases. The human papilloma virus is a common sexually transmitted virus that is thought to be causing oral cancer in an increasingly younger patient population. Few people, if any, even know they have it. That's is why your dentist recommends a potentially lifesaving screening exam called ViziLite Plus .
WHY IS ORAL CANCER SCREENING IMPORTANT?
Oral Cancer screening are important because oral cancer can be successfully treated if caught early enough. Approxminately 84% or oral cancer can be detected early by dental health professional.
HOW DOES VIZILITE PLUS WORK
The viziLite Plus Exam is a painless exam that your dental profeessional can perform in a just a few minutes. ViziLite Plus uses a light source that helps to improve the examiner'sability to identify abnormalities that may have been missed under normal lighting.
How do you know if you could be at risk for oral cancer?
Here are some key risk factors for oral cancer to help you determine if you are at risk:
- Age ( people over 40 are more at risk)
- Smoking or tobacco use
- Heavy alcohol use ( over 25% of all oral cancer occurs in people who DO NOT SMOKE and who only DRINK ALCOHOL occasionally)
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Gender ( men are more susceptible than women)
- An unhealthy diet
- Prolong sun exposure
* Although it is proven that people who have been diagnosed with oral cancer usually have at least one of these factors, there ia a growing rate of people that are diagnosed oral cancer who have no risk factors at all. Therefore , if you don't have any of the above risk factors, oral cancer screenings are still important in maintaining your overall health.
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