Oral Cancer Screening
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
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
Preventative Dentistry Services
with oral care can keep your smile healthy and your expenses
If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at 248-644-3414