April 21, 2014
HOUSTON — As the survival rate of most major cancers has been increasing, unfortunately oral cancer is not part of that group with survival rates at a constant 60 percent for the past five decades. Additionally, Oral Cancer incidence has risen each year in the past 5 years, with most cases being discovered in late stages. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, “late stage diagnosis is not occurring because most of these cancers are hard to discover, it is because of a lack of public awareness coupled with the lack of a national program for opportunistic screenings which would yield early discovery.”
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In an effort to give clinicians the tools they need, Forwards Science Technologies LLC continues to move science forward and introduces the F.A.C.T. Oral Heath Protocol, a proactive approach for a complete oral health assessment. F.A.C.T., an acronym for Fluorescence Assessment and Cytology Test, combines the proven technology of fluorescence and the power of liquid cytology so clinicians can get the answers they need.
The protocol begins with the standard of care white-light visual and palpation. Next, the OralID is utilized for the enhanced fluorescence assessment. If a lesion is discovered and further information is required, CytID, a next generation liquid based cytology test, is then used to determine the severity of the lesion.
The objective of the clinician during an oral health assessment is to find potential problems and abnormalities, in efforts to address the conditions in the earliest possible stage. As with other oral conditions, this proactive approach is critical in diagnosing oral cancer in its earliest stages. Until recently, we have only used our eyes and palpation for a complete oral assessment. Now with advancing technologies, we have the ability to “highlight” these irregularities in much earlier stages utilizing OralID fluorescence technology, and provide additional diagnostic information for the lesions we discover with a simple and painless cytology test, CytID.
“The F.A.C.T. Oral health protocol puts dentistry in the medical arena, with a proactive approach for a complete oral health assessment utilizing the latest medical technology.” With a background in the medical industry, Robert J. Whitman, CEO, is excited to continue to move science forward in the dental industry, “If we learn from medicine, we will see a simple protocol can change the trends: pap smears for cervical cancer, PSA tests for prostate cancer, mammograms with breast cancer, and now the F.A.C.T. Oral Health Protocol for oral cancer.”
Used by over 10,000 clinicians and conducting over 20 million screenings, fluorescence technology is quickly becoming a preferred technology to enhance the oral health assessment. Fluorescence technology assists in discovering abnormal lesions at the earliest stages. Recognizing more than just cancer, fluorescence technology allows for the discovery of many oral abnormalities from a palatal burn or lichen planus to squamous cell carcinoma. CytID is the advanced liquid based cytology test to answer the question: When you need to know more™. While it is not a replacement for a biopsy, CytID provides the quantitative data needed to make a more informed plan of action.
The F.A.C.T. Oral Heath Protocol provides us with a system to discover more information allowing the clinician to evaluate their patient's health with the latest tools available to provide the best oral health examination.
“We believe this new protocol is a standard of care game changer in the years to come. It is a 21st Century technology to battle 21st Century oral health issues,” said Luis Rivera VP of Sales for Forward Science Technologies.