Saving Lives One Oral Cancer Screening at a Time
Oral cancer remains the 6th deadliest cancer, with 35,000 cases discovered yearly in the United States alone, and only half of those patients surviving 5 years post-diagnosis. The high death rates for oral cancer are contributed to the fact patients do not generally detect signs or symptoms until it has advanced and further metastasizes. Fortunately, when detected early, patients with oral cancer have an 80-90% survival rate. The American Cancer Society recommends a complete oral examination for signs of cancer once a year. The dentist’s position in preventing oral cancer from going undetected is essential since most people are not examined under other circumstances until it is too late. By offering oral cancer screening for every patient, you save lives and enhance patient satisfaction.
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