Oral cancer is one of the most deadly forms of cancer—it is estimated that one person dies from oral cancer every hour—however, it is one of the most curable forms when it is detected early on.
There are two screening options used to identify oral cancer: OralCDx and Vizilite Plus. OralCDx uses a brushing technique that determines if there are any abnormal cells in your mouth that can develop into cancer cells. Vizilite Plus is the second screening; this screening option detects soft tissue in your mouth that may develop into cancer. It is important to receive an oral cancer screening in order to spot any signs of cancer before it develops into a more dangerous stage.
In order to decrease your risk of oral cancer, you should avoid certain activities including drinking alcohol, smoking, and other tobacco usages. These are not the only things that can lead to oral cancer, however, and in our next blog, Dr. Florian will discuss other signs and symptoms you should be aware of.