In the next 60 minutes, someone will die of oral cancer. In fact, you might be surprised to learn that oral cancer is the sixth most common form of cancer in the United States. Over the years, it has claimed the lives of victims from Babe Ruth to Humphrey Bogart. While smoking, chewing tobacco and excessive consumption of alcohol can dramatically increase your odds of contracting this devastating disease; approximately 25% of people who contract oral cancer do not fall into any of the high-risk categories.
OK, that’s the bad news. The good news is that oral cancer can be successfully treated if it’s detected in its earliest stages. That’s why we urge you to make an oral cancer screening part of your six-month check-up. Using new technologies such as ViziLite®Plus or VELscope®, we can locate and identify potentially malignant lesions before they grow large enough to be visible to the naked eye. Oral cancer screenings are quick, painless – and just might save your life.