At Country Hills Dentistry we use ViziLite® for oral cancer screening during routine appointments.
ViziLite® provides technologically advanced screening for oral cancer. The ViziLite system allows us to diagnose oral cancer earlier than ever before. Early detection of cancer is crucial to ensure your best chances for successful treatment.
Oral healthcare professionals are the first line of defense in the fight against oral cancer and have an excellent opportunity to detect cancer in its earliest stages during your regularly scheduled checkups.
The overall 5-year survival rate for oral cancer is 52%. However, when oral cancer is discovered early, the rate increases to over 80%. Unlike several other cancers, the survival rate for oral cancer has remained unchanged for decades. Unfortunately, only 35% of oral cancer cases are diagnosed in the early stages. Pre-malignant changes actually start below the surface, at the basement membrane. These changes may not be apparent to the naked eye until the disease progresses to the surface.
ViziLite® causes the soft tissues in the mouth to fluoresce under special light circumstances. Since healthy tissue shows a different pattern than tissue which is not healthy, we are able to identify abnormalities which may be indicative of cancer, often before they are visible on direct examination. If you have any questions about ViziLite® or any other dental procedure, contact our caring team at Country Hills Dentistry.
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