Oral Cancer Kills One Person Every Hour in North America
Cancer is a word that no one wants to hear. However, like many diseases it can be overcome if detected early enough.
At Clarity Dental our team of professionals is dedicated in assisting you with the knowledge you need, to ensure a healthy life.
As part of our regular check up, we provide all patients the opportunity for oral cancer screening. The procedure is quick and painless. Please make sure you discuss this and any other questions you may have with your dentist.
Unlike several other cancers, the survival rate for oral cancer has remained unchanged for decades
The overall 5-year survival rate for oral cancer is 52%, but when discovered early, it increases to 80% – 90%
Unfortunately, only 35% of oral cancer cases are diagnosed in the early stages.
Pre-malignant changes actually start below the surface, at the basement membrane. These changes may not be apparent to the naked eye until the disease progresses to the surface
HPV and ORAL CANCER
Johns Hopkins researchers reported in a study published in February in the Journal of Clinical Oncology that between 1973 and 2004 the incidence of HPV-related oral cancers among people in their 40s nearly doubled. Today more than 34,000 people have oral cancer and 39 percent of those cases are related to HPV, according to data from the American Cancer Society.