Oral cancer is on the rise. However, it is one of the most curable diseases when it's caught early. An annual ViziLite Plus exam, in combination with a regular visual examination, provides a comprehensive oral screening procedure for patients. The ViziLite Plus exam is painless and fast, and could help save your life. That is why it is part of our yearly examination.
Age: People over the age of 40 are most at risk.
Sex: Men are more at risk then women
Consumption of tobacco products and heavy alcohol (It is especially dangerous to combine smoking and alcohol.)
Prolonged and repeated exposure of the lips to the sun.
Poor diet; (lack of fruits and vegetables)
Please keep in mind that 1 of 3 patients suffering from oral cancer have never smoked or been heavy drinkers.
White or dark red patches in your mouth, or on your lips or tongue.
Lumps or changes in the texture or color of the mouth tissues.
Bleeding or numbness in the mouth; sores or patches that do not heal.
Difficulty swallowing; changes in taste or tongue sensation
Check your mouth regularly for signs or symptoms and report any changes in your mouth to Dr. Berbari right away.