Oral cancer quietly selects its victims, and in its advanced stages, can be aggressive and quickly spread to other parts of the body. Even though it is estimated that 43,000 cases will be diagnosed in 2015, according to the National Cancer Institute, oral cancer doesn’t get the attention it deserves.
Here are a few Oral Cancer statistics you need to know:
Every hour someone in the United States is diagnosed with oral cancer. While it used to be most commonly found in the mouths of high-risk patients — like smokers, chewing tobacco users, and heavy drinkers — there has been a shift in the incidence and prevalence of this frightening disease.
- Younger patients, especially women between the ages of 30 and 50 with no history of tobacco use, are more frequently being diagnosed. Current research links these increased findings to the HPV virus.
- Advanced stages of oral cancer are life-threatening, with five-year survival rates of less than 50%. However, if it’s detected early, oral cancer has a 90% survival rate.
- And, for many patients, it is their dentist, their periodontist, their endodontist, or their oral surgeon who is most likely to identify clinical signs of oral cancer, or tissue changes associated with an increase risk of cancer.Most people believe if they live a healthy lifestyle that regular oral screenings aren’t necessary. However, Jim had zero history of tobacco use or other lifestyle markers that would be obvious precursors for oral cancer. And, with oral cancer cases on the rise, according to The Oral Cancer Foundation, getting screenings done on a regular basis is highly recommended.
Symptoms of oral cancer are typically not obvious to the untrained eye and often cannot even be seen without using a revolutionary diagnostic light tool called The Identifi, that we use at DannaSmile. This oral cancer screening tool uses three distinct color wavelengths of light that can easily make apparent abnormalities in tissue that may be associated with oral cancer in the throat, tongue, tonsils, and oral mucosa.
Since April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, DannaSmile is offering discounted Oral Cancer Screenings for only $25, (normally $48 per screening.) The screening takes less than five minutes and may easily be included in your next dental visit. Or, if you would like to schedule an appointment specifically for an Oral Cancer Screening, simply call our office and we’ll set up your appointment.
At DannaSmile, we take your health seriously and encourage you to get regular Oral Cancer Screenings. The progression of the disease can be prevented if caught early enough. Don’t wait until it’s too late.