Oral Cancer Screening May Just Save Your Life!
Dentists play a crucial role in detecting and preventing oral cancer. Using tobacco and alcohol can increase your chances of developing oral cancer. We kindly suggest scheduling an annual oral cancer screening to ensure your optimal oral health.
Oral cancer is a broad term that includes cancers of the lips, tongue, mouth and throat. In general, it is an abnormal growth of cells in any one of these sites and has the potential to spread to other areas of the body.
You may be surprised to learn that one American dies every hour from oral cancer; a death rate that has remained virtually unchanged for more than 40 years. Oral cancer can go unnoticed until it has progressed to later stages. Recent statistics published by the American Cancer Society indicate that while the incidence and death rates for cancers overall has decreased, the incidence of oral cancer has increased by 5.5% and the death rate has increased by 1.5%. Oral Cancer KILLS as many people as melanoma, and is now more common than leukemia.
As with any cancer, early detection and diagnosis is key; it’s important for patients to see an oral healthcare professional regularly, particularly if they are in the high-risk groups — those who use tobacco, abuse alcohol or have been exposed to HPV. Oral cancer is 90% curable when found in its early stages. Unfortunately, 70% of oral cancers are diagnosed in the late stages, III and IV, leading to a five-year survival rate of 57%.
Call US NOW at 770-271-4411 to setup an Appointment. Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage may save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!