Oral CancerOral cancer
is one of the deadliest types of cancer out there, but the good news is that it is also one of the most curable types of cancer, provided it is detected and treated early.
Sadly, many cases of oral cancer aren't diagnosed until the chance of successful treatment has gone down significantly. In the US, statistics show that a person dies for oral cancer nearly every hour of every day.
This doesn't have to be the case, and dentists like Dr. Lanie can act as your first line of defense, checking you for signs of oral cancer at your regular office visits.
Methods of Identifying Oral Cancer
There are many ways of screening for oral cancer. Two of the most common methods are OralCDx
. OralCDx involves using a brush to test spots in the mouth for the presence of precancerous cells, while ViziLite uses a special light that can help the dentist visually identify early signs of oral cancer.
There are things people may do in their everyday lives which may influence their risk of developing oral cancer. It is a good idea to avoid smoking and tobacco use, and limit your alcohol consumption. However, even those who have healthy lifestyles are still at risk for oral cancer. In our next post, we will cover some symptoms to watch for.
Given the importance of early detection, you should make sure you are seeing Dr. Lanie on a regular basis. Are you due for your next exam? Get in touch with our office
to schedule an appointment.