Oral Cancer is not just an older man’s disease.
Early Detection Saves Lives
- Oral Cancer Attached THREE times as many people as cervical cancer.
- ONE American dies of oral cancer every hour of every day.
- An estimated 33% or oral cancer victims are females.
- 2/3rds of the time oral cancer is detected, it is late stages.
The Bad News – When Discovered in Late Stages, the 5 year survival rate is only 22%
The Good News – When discovered in early stages, the survival rate leaps to 80%.
Recent research has shown a strong link between oral cancer and the Human papillomavirus (pap-ah-LO-mah-VYE-rus)(HPV) (HPV-16 and HPV-18).
The identafi 3000 ultra is a special light that shines 3 different colors of light into the oral cavity. These lights are safe. The light causes the tissue to flouresce from the surface of the epithelium to the basement membrane (where pre-malignant changes normally start) to the stroma beneath. The allows the clinician to view different flourescent signatures to help differentiate between normal and abnormal tissue.
Abnormal tissue typically appears as as irregular, dark area that stands out against the otherwise normal flourescent pattern of surrounding healthy tissue.