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Monday, 08 May 2017 16:22

Oral Cancer Screening Frequency

Last month, in the spirit of Oral Cancer Awareness month, DentistryIQ published Statistics: Oral Cancer Screening Occur. But do they happen often enough? This article was written by Kevin Henry, co-founder of IgniteDA.net, based on actual oral cancer screening statistics taken from Sikka software from 2010 through 2016.

The Sikka Software data shows growth in the average number of pre-diagnostic oral cancer tests administered by dental professionals from approximately 6 screenings per month in 2010 to just over 9 per month in 2016.1

Henry points out that in comparison to 21 patients the average dentist sees daily1, 9 total screenings per month seems like a very low number.“Think about how many patients were going through practices last year that did not receive an oral cancer screening. It’s a scary number.”

Henry attributes this extremely low number of screenings to 3 major factors:

  1. Time- Dental Professionals perceive screenings take up too much time in an already packed schedule.
  2. Cost confusion- Most dentists do not know what to charge and/or if insurance covers the screening.
  3. Fear- Discussing cancer with patients.

Henry takes the time to point out some very helpful resources that alleviate each of these screening road blocks in the hopes that providing this information may help to increase this monthly number drastically. Click here to read the article.

StarDental® Instruments offers a solution to assist dental professionals incorporate enhanced visualization into their practices with the Identafi® Oral Mucosal Visual Enhancement. In addition to the system, StarDental also offers a plethora of information, printable literature, and research about oral cancer. If you would like to learn more about oral cancer facts, statistics, benefits of early detection or the Identafi system, click here

 

1Based on data collected by Sikka Software based 12,500+ dental practices in the U.S.

Published in Oral Cancer Awareness
Friday, 31 March 2017 15:38

Oral Cancer Awareness Month is here!

April is Oral, Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Month

Oral cancer has one of the highest death rates of all cancers, killing one person every hour of every day.Of the people newly diagnosed, only about 57% will live longer than 5 years.2 This is primarily due to the fact that most oral cancers continue to be identified at a late stage.2

There were approximately 48,330 people in the U.S. diagnosed with oral cancer in 2016.3 These statistics show why spreading Oral Cancer Awareness is so important. Early detection with adjunctive screenings provides patients better protection against oral cancer. Studies show that early detection increases the 5-year survival rate for oral cancer from 32 to 83 percent.3

The Identafi® Oral Mucosal Visual Enhancement System from StarDental Instruments is a screening tool that dramatically enhances the appearance of suspicious tissue using three wavelengths of light, revealing mucosal abnormalities which may lead to oral cancer or premalignant dysplasia that may not be apparent to the naked eye during traditional screenings.

To learn more about the Identafi, and how it works hand in hand with early detection, please visit www.identafi.net

April Oral Cancer Screenings and Events

If you’re an Identafi owner providing a free oral cancer screening event during April, we want to hear from you! Please let us know in the comments below about your screenings or events. If you aren’t an Identafi user yet, purchase an Identafi Oral Mucosal Visual Enhancement System in April to save $300!

Join us in raising awareness of Oral Cancer this month and be sure to share your thoughts below!

Oral Cancer Foundation 
National Cancer Institute/SEER 
3  National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

Published in Industry News

Friday, June 12th (NY) and Friday, June 19th (CA), 2015

Over 140 dental professionals from throughout the states of New York and California attended the two most recent oral cancer seminars presented by DentalEZ and Henry Schein. The continuing education programs not only highlighted the benefits of incorporating the StarDental® Identafi® into a sustainable profit center for dental practices, but also covered the treatment journey for patients beyond the oral cancer diagnosis. The lectures covered the current state of oral cancer and how the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is shifting the demographic of the diagnosis population. Attendees also received in-depth information on how the Identafi can become the key piece in developing a cause-related marketing platform to develop partnerships with medical groups and non-profit organizations to better help patients every day. 

 

The Oral Cancer Foundation, in its continued partnership with Henry Schein and DentalEZ, offered attendees goodie bags filled with patient-based literature, screening tips, and deliverables to help dental professionals generate awareness for oral cancer year-round. The Oral Cancer: From Screening to Survivorship lecture series continues as Dr. Abbott heads to Sacramento, CA on July 17, 2015. For more information on upcoming oral cancer seminars, check out www.henryscheineventconnect.com

Dennis M. Abbott is the Founder and CEO of Dental Oncology Professionals, an oral medicine practice dedicated to meeting the unique oral health needs of patients with cancer. For more information on Dr. Abbott, visit www.drdennisabbott.com

Published in Oral Cancer Awareness

The Oral Cancer Foundation issued a press release yesterday, continuing their efforts to increase awareness for oral cancer. We’re honored to be a part of the work they do!

"NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., April 9, 2015 -- April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. 2015 marks the 16th year that The Oral Cancer Foundation has led the effort to raise awareness of this disease and the need for an annual screening….Our private sector corporate partners include Bristol-Myers Squibb, Henry Schein Dental, LED/VELscope, OralID and Identafi. The university partners this year are NYU, Penn Dental Medicine, and Columbia University College of Dental Medicine.

Primary risk factors for developing an oral or oropharyngeal cancer:

  • Tobacco use in all its forms
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • A persistent HPV16 (human papilloma virus #16) oral infection

Oral cancer signs and symptoms identifiable in a conventional visual and tactile screening:

  • An ulcer or sore that does not heal within 2-3 weeks.
  • A discoloration on the soft tissues of the mouth that persists. It may be white, red, or even blackish in color.
  • A swelling or lump in the mouth that persists. This also applies to a tonsil that is swollen but painless.
  • Any abnormality that bleeds easily when touched. (friable)
  • A lump or hard spot in the tissue. (induration)
  • Tissue raised above that surrounding it, a growth. (exophytic)
  • A sore under a denture, which even after adjustment of the denture, still does not heal.
  • A numb feeling in the mouth or lips.
  • Persistent sore throat, hoarse voice, or cough.
  • A painless fixated lump felt on the outside of the neck, which has been there for at least two weeks.
  • Difficult or painful swallowing, or a painless sensation that when swallowing things are becoming stuck in your throat.
  • An ear ache on one side (unilateral) which persists for a protracted period of time."

Read the Oral Cancer Foundation’s entire press release.

DentalEZ is here to help!

If you’re an Identafi owner providing a free oral cancer screening event during April, we can help! We’ll provide all the necessary disposables, promotional information and patient literature free of chargeRequest materials.

If you’re expecting a large crowd, we’ll even loan you an extra Identafi unit!  


If you aren’t an Identafi user yet, if you purchase an Identafi Oral Cancer Screening System in April, you'll save $300!


Or, save $900 when you upgrade from a Velscope to an Identafi Oral Cancer Screening System. 

Published in Oral Cancer Awareness
Thursday, 03 November 2011 05:15

North Carolina Dental Hygienists

[caption id="attachment_2634" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="The group participating in an interactive exercise led by Eva Grayzel"][/caption] Last week we were fortunate to attend a meeting on oral cancer hosted by the North Carolina Dental Hygiene Academy of Advanced Studies. The keynote speaker was Eva Grayzel, an oral cancer survivor with an inspiring and informative presentation titled, TONGUE-TIED: A PERSONAL JOURNEY AND TRIUMPH OVER ORAL CANCER. She spoke about the struggle and success she experienced after she was diagnosed with late stage oral cancer and told she had a 15% chance of survival. [caption id="attachment_2635" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Hygienists practicing oral cancer screening exams on each other."][/caption] Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS, presented OPTIMIZING ORAL CANCER EVALUATIONS: MORE THAN “WNL”. “WNL” means “within normal limits” – but are we sure? Oral cancer is one of the most treatable cancers when discovered and treated early. Dental professionals are uniquely positioned to screen patients and detect oral cancer in its early, treatable stages. Patti’s passion for this subject helps to open eyes, minds and hearts to positively change the grim statistics. [caption id="attachment_2636" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Ron Chaverin displaying the Identafi oral cancer screening device."][/caption] DentalEZ’s own Ron Chaverin had a table at the meeting showcasing the Identafi® Oral Cancer Screening System from StarDental®. He found the meeting to be successful in its goal to inform the industry how important is it to perform regular oral cancer screenings, as well as presenting adjunctive technologies to the hygiene community. Visit www.identafi.net for more information on oral cancer screening.
Published in DentalEZ Products
Tuesday, 01 November 2011 05:00

Are you regularly screening for oral cancer?

[caption id="attachment_2602" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Dr. John Flucke"][/caption] You should be! As the oral cancer rates keep rising, we need to protect our patients with regular screenings. A recent post on Dr.Bicuspid.com titled “With oral cancer rates rising, regular screenings are vital” shows just how chilling the statistics are. For instance, “Every hour, someone dies from the disease. This year, 37,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer, and 25% of them will die of it.” The statistics are too alarming to ignore. John Flucke, DDS, a general dentist and dental technology lecturer, believes the rising occurrence of oral cancer is under the radar. Dr. Flucke stressed the importance of dentists incorporating oral cancer screenings into their regular routine in his presentations at the ADA meeting a few weeks ago. Since many medical doctors don’t check the oral cavity, Dr. Flucke explained, “Dentists really are oral physicians.” The article details how crucial it is to check your patients regularly, from age 15 and on. “Most oral cancers are survivable if detected early. However, most are not found until the disease is in the later stages, when five-year survival rates drop 20 to 30%.” Early detection is very important but the signs and symptoms of oral cancer are often missed by the naked eye, especially in its early stages. Our Identafi® Oral Cancer System from StarDental® uses a revolutionary light-wave technology that can help clinicians detect abnormalities that may lead to oral cancer, so treatment can begin as early as possible. Learn more about Identafi technology here and start regularly screening your patients!
Published in Events
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 05:30

Just Released: Identafi® Training Module

DentalEZ® has just released a detailed training module for our newly-acquired Identafi® multi-spectral oral cancer screening device. The video tutorial includes 3D animations that help you understand the features and benefits of the device, as well as in-office applications. Identafi® is handheld and portable, and uses spectral fluorescence and reflectance technology to identify the potential signs and symptoms of oral cancer that may not be apparent to the naked eye. Click here to watch and learn about the Identafi® oral cancer screening device. You can also order the NEW Identafi® patient brochure here, which comes complete with 25 patient educational brochures and a table top stand for easy displaying!
Published in DentalEZ Products
Sunday, 17 April 2011 21:00

Oral Cancer Detection Devices Compared

Lately, I have been sharing a lot of information regarding our recently acquired Identafi®, a multi-spectral oral cancer screening device that enables dental professionals to spot signs and symptoms of oral mucosal abnormalities not visible to the naked eye. During April, the official Oral Cancer Awareness Month in the US, we are reminded that more people are being diagnosed with oral cancer now than ever before, resulting in an increased need for regular oral cancer screenings. We are also reminded that when found early, oral cancer patients have a 90% survival rate. This week, DentalCompare.com has provided an Oral Cancer Detection Device comparison on their website that includes our newly acquired Identafi®. Click here to explore a detailed evaluation of multiple devices from multiple manufacturers.
Published in DentalEZ Products
Recent research presented at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) further supports our claim that there is an increasing need for annual oral cancer examinations, especially among younger patients. The study presented was administered across seven cancer registries, and included 573 oropharyngeal (OP) cancer patients diagnosed between 1994 and 2005. The study included both HPV-positive and HPV-negative groups. 71% of the OP patients were HPV-positive. The researchers found that HPV-positive cases were highest among males, and highest in individuals under the age of 45. This study is connected to a paper published earlier this month in Cancer Causes and Control, which explains that rates of HPV-related oral-cavity and pharyngeal cancer have tripled among white men aged 25-44. The statistics are alarming because the traditional oral cancer patient is changing. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, “the addition of HPV as a risk factor for oral cancer has made it difficult if not impossible to easily define high-risk individuals,” which means it is a necessity to regularly screen your patients, no matter the risk profile. Identafi®, our handheld multi-spectral oral cancer screening device, makes regular, thorough oral examinations easy. Identafi uses a three-wavelength optical illumination and visualization system that allows dental professionals to identify oral mucosal abnormalities not visible to the naked eye. You can find more information on Identafi here.
Published in DentalEZ Products
I have been teasing in post for weeks that big news may be coming…well here it is. DentalEZ® announces the recent purchase of Trimira’s Identafi® 3000 ultra, a diagnostic device used for the detection of oral pathologies, including oral cancer. Now to be marketed under the StarDental® brand as Identafi®, this product detects biochemical and morphological changes in the cells of the mouth, throat, tongue, and tonsils that may lead to oral cancer. The small, cordless, handheld device uses a three-wavelength optical illumination and visualization system that allows dental professionals to identify oral mucosal abnormalities not visible to the naked eye. Adding Identafi to our existing full line of dental equipment, handpieces, utility room equipment, and dental lab products, launches DentalEZ’s evolution toward a more clinical product mix. Over the next two months we will introduce a full marketing program to include education seminars, continuing education courses, and online resources geared toward educating dental professionals on the specific use of the Identafi technology and oral cancer in general. The five-year mortality rate of Oral Cancer is higher than cervical cancer and prostate cancer, and kills one person every hour of every day often due to late stage diagnosis. Because the signs and symptoms of oral cancer are often missed by the naked eye, DentalEZ is proud to provide dental professionals with a device that can help them detect abnormal pathologies, including oral cancer in its early stages, and possibly save lives! Do you currently offer oral cancer screening to your patients? If you were educated on the process of oral cancer detection, would you begin to offer a scan with every visit? Oral cancer is growing at an alarming rate, and the Identafi technology enables us dental professionals to be on the front line of oral cancer.
Published in DentalEZ Products

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