Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Dentist Dr. Jonathan B. Levine, DMD talked about two breakthrough cancer screening tests on Dr. Oz: the Velscope and the CDX brush

Facts about Oral Cancer
•             37,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year.
•             It will cause over 8,000 deaths this year
•             killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day.
•             Of those 36,000 newly diagnosed individuals, only slightly more than half will be alive in 5 years.

Only 15% of the population has had an oral examination, yet Oral Cancer is one of the easiest cancers to spot and diagnose.

New screening tests make it simple and painless to diagnose oral cancer:

The Velscope can see very early changes in the cells in the mouth where they become dysplastic or unhealthy. The VELscope's blue-spectrum light causes the soft tissues of the mouth to naturally fluoresce, looking like a green apple color.  If there is an abnormality, a dysplasia or unhealthy cell, you will see the green color turn black.

If abnormal tissue appears, there is a 2nd revolutionary screening test, the Oral CDX brush.  This test is like a pap smear for your mouth.  The pap smear has had a huge impact on survival rates for cervical cancer, since routine use, cervical cancer has gone from being the 2nd to the 11th leading cause of death.

Dr. Levine speaks about these screening tests and about how to prevent Oral cancer including:
o             Limiting alcohol consumption and tobacco use
o             Limit exposure to UV radiation – excessive sun to avoid
o             Practice safe sex
o             Eat foods high in anti-oxidants

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