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Oral Cancer Screening
What Causes Oral Cancer?
This year over 40,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer. That is a little over 100 new cases EACH DAY in the US. And the rate is increasing. Other names for oral cancer include mouth cancer, tongue cancer, throat cancer, and tonsil cancer.
There are two known pathways leading to oral cancer. This first is tobacco and alcohol use. The other is through exposure to HPV (Human Papillomavirus – HPV16). When oral cancer is detected early, survival rates are good (80-90%). Unfortunately, most oral cancers are not detected until a late stage, which is why the death rate from 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 dentists believe taking an oral cancer screening test is vital to helping maintain your oral health.
DID YOU KNOW? When oral cancer is detected early, the survival rate is 80 – 90%.
Cancer Screening at Mid-Columbia Dental
Every time you have a cleaning and check-up at Mid-Columbia Dental, our dentists and hygienists will do a visual oral cancer screening for you. These oral cancer screenings have the ability to detect early stages of oral cancer before a lesion is visible to our eyes.
Furthermore, if you have a lump, bump, crack, ulcer, spot or another area of concern in/on your mouth, lips, tongue, palate, gums, cheek, or throat, we ask that you call us immediately so that we can see you for an additional exam.