Are you at Risk for Oral Cancer? Virtually everyone is.

* lifestyle risk factors are defined as tobacco use, chronic alcohol use of at least two ounces of alcohol three times per week and HPV.

Increased Risk:


> Patients age 18-39 without lifestyle risk factors*.

> Sexually active (HPV 16/18)

High Risk:

> Patients age 40 and older without lifestyle risk factors

> Tobacco users (any age, any type)


Highest Risk:


> Patients age 40 and older with lifestyle risk factors

    (tobacco use/alcohol consumption)

> Patients with history of Oral Cancer

Dr. Stephen Hambly and dental patient in Hamilton dentistry office

News you can't ignore:

Three Canadians die every day from Oral Cancer?

The Canadian Cancer Society estimates a 9.7% increase in new cases of oral cancer and a 4.7% increase in deaths associated with oral cancer since 2007.

        And if you think you aren't at risk for oral cancer, think again:

25% of oral cancers occur in people who don't smoke and have no other lifestyle risk factors. Virtually everyone is at risk for oral cancer, including you. That's why we recommend a simple, potentially life-saving screening exam: an annual ViziLite Plus exam.


If you are sexually active, here's another

reason to think about oral cancer.

The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is an extremely common sexually transmitted infection and is especially prevalent in young adults.

Few people even know they have it. HPV has long been known to cause cervical cancer and now studies suggest it also plays a role in more than 20% of oral cancer cases.

        Cancer screening technologies have been saving lives for years. Early detection tools such as mammograms, Pap smear and PSA tests have greatly reduced death rates for breast, cervical and prostate cancers. The key to reducing the devastating impact of oral cancer is early detection. Early detection technologies save lives!

         The good news is that new technologies now exist to assist in early detection of oral cancer. We offer Vizilite Plus as an easy and painless screening exam.

Cancer Screening Technology Chart, Westdale Dental Care, Hamilton
ViziLite Plus Oral Cancer Screening, Westdale Dental Care, Hamilton

Oral cancer screening is key.

Early detection with ViziLite Plus makes it simple.

ViziLite Plus uses technology that has been proven successful in identifying precancerous and cancerous abnormalities. ViziLite Plus helps us identify oral lesions at their earliest stage of development. When premalignant lesions or early stage oral cancer is found, treatment is simpler, less invasive and more than 90% successful.


What happens if we find a suspicious spot?

Oral CDx - The Brush Test for Oral Cancer Screening, Dental Care, Hamilton

What to Expect:

The OralCDx® Brush Test™ is a painless method of testing “everyday” tiny oral spots. A small brush is used to quickly collect a sample for computer-assisted laboratory analysis.

        If a spot is found by OralCDx® to contain unhealthy cells (known as dysplasia), it typically takes years before those cells can penetrate the basement membrane and cause any harm. During this time, the spot can typically be removed, long before oral cancer can start.

        In summary, early detection is key and with today’s techonology, it has never been easier! So call us today to set up your exam!

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