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Close to 48,250 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. It will cause over 9,575 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day. Of those 48,250 newly diagnosed individuals, only slightly more than half will be alive in 5 years. (Approximately 57%) The death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of cancers which we hear about routinely such as cervical cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, laryngeal cancer, cancer of the testes, and endocrine system cancers such as thyroid. If you expand the definition of oral and oropharyngeal cancers to include cancer of the larynx, the numbers of diagnosed cases grow to approximately 54,000 individuals, and 13,500 deaths per year in the U.S. alone.
Historically the death rate associated with this cancer is particularly high not because it is hard to discover or diagnose, but due to the cancer being routinely discovered late in its development. This is one of the reasons why it is so important to keep your regular scheduled visits with us! We have implemented the new OralID here at Premier Dental to identify oral cancer in the earliest stages. OralID is a simple, 2 minute examination that allows your dentist to identify oral abnormalities that my not be visible to the naked eye. Be sure to ask about it when you are at your next visit!

Risk factors for Oral Cancer:

  • HPV Exposure (transmitted through saliva, sexual and skin-to-skin contact)
  • Smoking
  • Smokeless Tobacco Users
  • Excessive Use Of Alcohol
  • Family History of Cancer
  • Excessive Sun Exposure (Especially at a young age)