We have a Big Fight

Oral cancer is on the rise!

That is very scary !  Typically it is found in those who have used a lot of alcohol and/or tobacco in middle aged people. With Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) on the rise in younger people (often sexually transmitted), a new wave of disease may be facing us. Early detection is VERY important.

Oral cancer is typically detected by visual exam and palpation. By the time we see or feel something that treatment can be disfiguring and very dysfunctional to your mouth. The survival rate is 90% if detected early with only a 50% 5 year survival in the late stages. Hopefully, Michael Douglas is in that first category.

It is very important to get an early screening with Velscope, which is a special light that sees into the tissue so that we visualize the dysplastic tissue before it grows. We offer this test to every patient who visits our hygienist or suspects anything suspicious.  More information.

Please be sure to call us before its too late.

Hugh Flax and Team

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  1. This is such a great service to offer our patients; finally the dental community has the technology to detect oral cancer in the early stages, we can take the guess work out of the equation.

    Comment by Edi on October 19, 2010 at 3:26 am

  2. Sure hope that the bar is raised where the technology is used and made available to all patients.

    Comment by Dr.Flax on October 19, 2010 at 7:27 am

  3. The screening takes very little time and is painless! This should be done yearly and is the GOLD standard of care!

    Comment by Marie on October 20, 2010 at 7:03 am

  4. Dittos……….when technology creates better opportunites like this (and many others), we should be embraced fully.

    Comment by Dr.Flax on October 21, 2010 at 2:24 pm

  5. We are so fortunate to have such technology right at our finger tips!

    Comment by Tracey Crider on October 21, 2010 at 6:24 pm

  6. Finally the technology can help everyone. Early screening is very important. Very nice blog.

    Comment by jolanta on October 22, 2010 at 6:05 am

  7. Thanks for the comments. This test is part of our wellness protocol that every patient receives when they visit our office. Saving a life and making it one that’s healthy and comfortable( which we do through the Velscope ;Oral DNA perio testing;Carifree/ Diagnodent for cavity detection/prevention; and T-scan for bite balancing) are part of what every patient receives when they come to our office We are proud to be on the leading edge of adding longevity, quality, and confidence to every one of our patients’ lives.

    Comment by Dr.Flax on October 24, 2010 at 1:50 pm

  8. You are really offering a great service. Finally we have got a solution to fight Oral cancer at the earlier stages and help saving lives of numerous such cancer patients.

    Comment by Central Park South Dental Care on January 3, 2011 at 3:47 am

  9. Finally we have reached at a solution to fight Oral cancer at the earlier stages.

    Comment by surgery new york on March 16, 2011 at 4:05 am

  10. It is strange that there has been such a spike in oral and tongue cancers. I was reading just yesterday that there was a 111% increase in oral cancer in white women alone.

    Comment by mike t on April 6, 2011 at 11:01 am

  11. Thanks for posting this! Oral cancer is a serious issue that more people need to be aware of. Nice article!

    Comment by dental implants Warsaw IN on July 24, 2011 at 6:32 pm

  12. It’s my first time to hear this kind of cancer cause in our place skin cancer and breast in the news always. Thanks for bringing up this topic, I’ve got aware. Truly, prevention is better than cure and taking care of our health is the most effective way to prevent any diseases.

    Comment by Feye@Pediatric Dentist on January 13, 2012 at 3:49 am

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