Cancer affects so many people and families in North America, leading to more than 480,000 new cases of oral and throat cancers being diagnosed each year. Oral cancer kills one person every hour in the U.S., and without proper detection methods, a person may have oral cancer and not even know it. In almost all cases of oral cancer, early detection plays a major role in improving a patient’s chances of survival. By diagnosing and treating oral cancer early, a patient’s five-year survival rate is 80-90% greater.
At Georgian Dental®, our team of professionals are trained to spot any precancerous symptoms, and if diagnosed, can provide effective treatment at every stage. The screenings we perform for mouth and tongue cancer are non-invasive and quick. We recommend that the screening be conducted during your regular checkups twice a year. We also suggest speaking to us about oral cancer so that you are informed and can look for the early warning signs.
Risk factors for oral cancer include:
- Frequent use of tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco)
- Excessive consumption of alcohol
- Genetics (a family history of oral cancer or any type of cancer)
- Excessive exposure to the sun at a young age
While men above the age of 50 are typically at the most risk for oral cancer, there has been a recent increase in the number of women with oral cancer due to a connection between oral cancer and the human papilloma virus (HPV-16). These stats are one of the reasons we offer the VELscope screening system to our patients.