A recent study involved oral cancer screenings for 85 male and female patients considered to be at risk for oral cancer. All patients were examined in two ways: a conventional clinical examination, consisting of palpation of the face and neck and an unassisted visual inspection of the oral cavity; and an examination of the oral

Early Detection Equals Higher Survival Rates

It is a disease that we give very little thought to, but oral cancer continues to be prevalent with approximately 42,000 Americans being diagnosed with oral cancer or oral pharyngeal cancer this year. It will cause over 8,000 deaths, killing roughly 1 person every hour. Of those 42,000 newly diagnosed individuals, only slightly more than half

After the COE is ‘DONE’

When it comes to patient records it is always best to be able to confirm that a clinical oral examination was done, but writing “COE done” in a chart is NOT enough. The Clinical Oral Examination (COE) should be thoroughly documented with a systematic approach and then placed in the patient’s chart. It is important to build patient history

Why is the Adjunctive Device Important to COE?

Why do you need an adjunctive oral examination device in your practice? The answer to that is straightforward. An adjunctive device utilizing tissue fluorescence visualization picks up where the conventional clinical exam leaves off because it can help to detect far more than the unassisted eye. Adding an adjunctive device to your normal head and

The Thriving Dentist Show Interviews Jo-Anne Jones

Jo-Anne Jones, Key Opinion Leader, for a number of corporations within the dental community was interviewed by Gary Takacs on The Thriving Dentist. The interview focuses on “how and why the incidence of oral cancer has changed over the past 10 years, how Jo-Anne’s personal and professional life have been impacted by oral cancer, what

By Donna Domino, Features Editor Dr. Bicuspid February 10, 2014 — The type of cancer stem cells, rather than the number, is a better predictor of the survival of patients with human papillomavirus (HPV)-related head and neck cancer, according to a new study in Cancer (December 30, 2013). Previously, researchers thought patients with HPV-positive tumors

Is the COE Part of Your Routine?

The conventional intra and extra oral head and neck examination is taught in dental and hygiene schools to screen patients for oral cancer and other oral mucosal disease. It normally consists of a visual inspection of oral tissue, or oral mucosa, under incandescent or halogen light using the naked eye to look for suspicious lesions,

A recent independent clinical study by seven researchers from the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Cancer Agency and Simon Fraser University, is the latest report to document the benefits of adjunctive oral examination technology. The lead researcher for the study was Denise M. Laronde RDH MSc, of the Department of Oral Biological and Medical

Announcing the 2014 VELscope Sweepstakes

Are you thinking about or have you already introduced oral mucosal disease and cancer screening to your practice? Then it may be time to introduce you to the VELscope® Vx. The technology is designed to detect dysplasia and other lesions at their earliest stages, so patients have the best chances for long term outcomes. Not only