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October 1, 2011
Recently, I attended a seminar in which oral cancer was very thoroughly discussed. Dr. John Kamar of The Ohio State University absolutely indicated that the use of Vizilite was of very little value and was no more effective than a proper routine oral examination by a competent dental professional. He also mentioned that the use of the VelScope was still under investigation as to its usefulness but there was hope for it in the future. I further investigated his comments by contacting Katrina Cordell, an Oral Pathologist at the University of Michigan, who agreed with Dr. Kamar. The hype of oral cancer screening products seem to be greater than the actual value of their use. The perception is that those dentists who use one of these products are serving patients better than those who don’t.
It would be wonderful if we had a product that had a clear and concise advantage to discover oral cancer in its earlier stages in order to help decrease the ravages of the disease. I am an extremely conscientious dentist and am always in a learning mode. There are companies involved who make a profit by selling devices, equipment, supplies, etc. A screening device should be of actual value and not just perceived value. The bottom line is obtaining truth by scientific evidence which then allows for the best care possible for the people we serve.
Your comments are well-appreciated,
Marvin Sonne, DDS International Secretary Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity, President Francis B Vedder Society Crown & Bridge Prosthodontics, Trenton MI
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