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Dr. Bregman on the Importance of Early Oral Cancer Detection

December 15th, 2008 · No Comments

Dr. Jonathan Bregman, DDS, FAGD, ran his general dentistry practice in North Carolina for over 30 years. He now lectures and educates dentists on the importance of early oral cancer detection and laser dentistry. His article in RDH Magazine last month is filled with startling statistics and great advice reagarding oral cancer. Some of the more poignant points:

The bad news…

  • Every hour oral cancer claims a life
  • One-quarter of oral cancer cases occur in patients without risk factors
  • For over 35 years, only 50% of diagnosed patients have survived longer than five years
  • Reports indicate that only 20-30% of patients receive an oral cancer screening at the dentist

The good news… You can help!

  • Early detection of oral cancer increases the five-year survival rate from 50% to 80-90%
  • New technology has improved early detection
  • The Garasil vaccine by Merck reduces the risk for oral cancer

Dr. Bregman goes on to tell us that routine COEs and adjunctive technology “…will not only save lives and build practices, but reduce the growing number of lawsuits related to oral cancer detection.”

Find out about adding ViziLite, VELscope, or another early oral cancer detection technology to your practice by researching the topic online. You can also visit The Oral Cancer Foundation website for oral cancer information. Read the full by Dr. Bregman article here. Learn more about Dr. Jonathan Bregman at his website,

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