Oral Cancer Screening
How Common Is Oral Cancer?
In 2012, over 40,000 Americans were diagnosed with oral cancer. That is a little over 100 new cases EACH day in the US, and the rate is continuing to increase. Other names for oral cancer include mouth cancer, tongue cancer, and tonsil cancer.
Causes Of Oral Cancer
There are two known pathways leading to oral cancer. The first is tobacco and alcohol use. The other is through exposure to HPV (human papilloma virus-HPV16).
What Are The Survival Rates For Oral Cancer?
When oral cancer is detected early, survival rates are good (80-90%). Unfortunately, most oral cancers are not detected until later stages, which is why the death rate for oral cancer is high (45% five years after diagnosis) in the US. Oral cancer kills one person every hour of every day, This is why our dentist believes that doing an oral cancer screening is vital in helping maintain your oral health.
Who is at risk for developing oral cancer?
In the past, oral cancer was believed to be associated mostly with tobacco use. This is no longer the case. In fact, in people younger than 50 years old, HPV is now believed to be the main causative agent.
Because the risk factors now include tobacco, alcohol, and exposure to HPV16, nearly every adult in the US is at risk of developing oral cancer. For this reason, our Top Tampa Dentist recommends an oral cancer screening annually with the use of the Sapphire Plus Lesion Detection Scope™. Like any cancer, it is only through early detection that your chances of survival improve.
How does Gentle Dentistry Tampa Screen for Oral Cancer?
Dr Rasmussen will do a thorough visual and physical oral cancer screening annually. She will also utilize the latest adjunctive technology in early cancer detection, the Sapphire Plus Lesion Detection Scope™. This allows for much earlier detection and treatment. The earlier cancerous and pre-cancerous lesions are detected, the greater the chance of successful prevention, treatment and recovery.