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Zila & Experts Testify at Congressional Hearing on Innovative Technology for Veterans; Urge Broader Use of ViziLite(R) Plus by VA for Oral Cancer Screening
Date:5/13/2009

l device has sufficient sensitivity and specificity to meet the requirement of early detection in oral cancer among Veterans. Other dyes and devices cannot precisely identify precancerous lesions and early invasive cancers while excluding healthy patients who need no further intervention. Indeed, ease of use makes ViziLite appropriate for use by all oral disease health care professionals including dentists, periodontists, oral surgeons, otolaryngologists and primary-care physicians.

Dr. Sidransky concluded, "ViziLite Plus is easy to use, sensitive and specific. In an aging patient population, this product can bring diagnostic power to physicians outside the dental specialties, for greater value and potentially more savings in hospitalization. Inclusion in VA oral cancer screening protocols would improve screening efficacy for lesions suspicious for precancer and cancer, and ultimately reduce the morbidity and mortality of this disease."

Two additional dental authorities were present and filed statements with the committee.

Dr. Joel Epstein, DMD, Director, Interdisciplinary Program in Oral Cancer Biology, Prevention and Treatment at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago Cancer Center, noted that "health care providers have been and continue to be challenged with identifying abnormal oral conditions, which may represent premalignant and malignant disease. Until recently we have had to rely solely on visual examination. The result has been that the majority of oral cancer is not diagnosed until symptomatic and with advanced stage of disease, when extensive treatment is required and prognosis is guarded." Dr. Epstein added, "The Veteran population could be well-served [with ViziLite Plus] by reducing the number of false positive findings associated with visual examination, thus potentially reducing the number of unnecessary biopsies. This outcome has been shown in a multicenter study, in
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