Oral Cancer Screening

More than 48,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year, and it will kill almost 10,000 of those people. Sadly, only 57% of the more than 48,000 diagnosed this year will still be living five years from now.

These numbers are frightening, and while some of the risk factors, such as the consumption of alcohol and tobacco, are well-known nearly 25% of new oral cancer diagnoses have no known risk factors.

In fact, the U.S. has seen a five-fold increase in oral cancer patients under age 40 that have no immediately recognizable risk factors.

It is common knowledge that catching cancer as early as possible leads to the best results in treatment and survivability.

Here are some facts we do know:

  • Oral cancer in women has dramatically increased due to an increase in women smoking. In 1950, the male to female ratio was 6:1; by 2002 it was 2:1.
  • African-Americans are especially vulnerable. Their incidence rate is 33% higher than whites, and their mortality rate is almost twice as high.

Regular dental checkups at Dr. Smith's office routinely include an examination of the entire mouth. These oral cancer screenings are essential in the early detection of pre-cancerous and cancerous conditions. Come in today, or give us a call, so that we can help keep you and your smile alive and well. With over 20 years of serving the Birmingham area, we have the experience and tools to help you reach your smile potential!

We offer more Preventative Dentistry Services Dr. Smith offers a full range of preventative dentistry options that will protect your teeth and save you money. Our preventative dentistry options are designed to help patients maintain a healthy smile over the course of a lifetime.

Being proactive with oral care can keep your smile healthy and your expenses low!

If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at 248-644-3414

 

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