Oral ID- Shine A Light On Oral Cancer
Oral ID uses tissue fluorescence to identify abnormal lesions, including cancer and pre-cancer that may not be apparent to the naked eye. Fluorescence technology has been used in the medical field for many years, and in the dental field it has successfully screened more than 25 million patients in the past decade.
The American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates for oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers in the United States are for 2018:
- About 51,540 people will get oral cavity or oropharyngeal cancer.
- An estimated 10,030 people will die of these cancers.
These cancers are more than twice as common in men as in women. They are about equally common in blacks and in whites.
In recent years, the overall rate of new cases of human papillomavirus (HPV)-negative oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers has been dropping. But there's been an ongoing rise in cases of oropharyngeal cancer linked to HPV infection in both men and women.
What are the most common signs and symptoms or oral cancer?
In between dental visits, it is important for patients to be aware of the following signs and symptoms, and to see their dentist if they do not disappear after two weeks.
- a sore or irritation that doesn’t go away
- red or white patches
- pain, tenderness or numbness in mouth or lips
- a lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area
- difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving your jaw or tongue
- a change in the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth
Who is at Risk?
People with a high risk of oral cancer may be more likely to benefit from oral cancer screening, though studies haven't clearly proved that. Factors that can increase the risk of oral cancer include:
- Tobacco use of any kind, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco among others
- Heavy alcohol use
- Previous oral cancer diagnosis
- History of significant sun exposure, which increases the risk of lip cancer
Schedule Your Screening Today!
If you are interested in scheduling your oral cancer screening, please contact our office to reserve an appointment or we can add this screening to your next scheduled appointment. Contact Taylor Dental today
*Information courtesy of the American Dental Association, American Cancer Society and Oral ID
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