Oral Cancer Screenings

The Oral Cancer Foundation states that – this year alone – nearly 50,000 people within the United States will be diagnosed with the oral form of cancer.

Oral Cancer Screenings

According to the National Cancer Institute, oral cancer account for 2.9% of all confirmed cancer cases in the United States. The Oral Cancer Foundation states that – this year alone – nearly 50,000 people within the United States will be diagnosed with the oral form of cancer.

Death Rates From Oral Cancers Are Higher Than Many Other Types of Cancer

The deaths that occur will be in excess of 9,750, with at least 1 person passing away each hour of every single day. Of the nearly 50,000 people officially diagnosed, only a tad more than half will still be living in 5 years’ time. In fact, the death rate of oral cancer is considered to be higher than commonly expounded upon cancers that are often spoken of, such as cervical cancer, cancers of the endocrine system, and Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Here at American Dental of LaGrange, we are dedicated to preventing oral cancer, identifying it as quickly as possible, and ensuring our patients have the help that they need so that they are able to successfully overcome the life-threatening illness. We offer a multitude of detection and prevention screenings and strategies.

Known Risk Factors

It is a known fact that anyone may develop oral cancer; however, there are several factors that could increase your risk of developing the serious and potentially life-threatening disease. As with any illness, the risk associated with the development of this condition increases as you age.

Additionally, men are considered to have twice the risk of developing this illness than women. Furthermore, most of the individuals that develop oral cancer are over the age of 55; however, it is imperative to understand that it may occur at any age, in any gender, and in any race.

The following outlines some of the most common risk factors for the development of oral cancer:

  • Poor nutrition in a diet could lead to oral cancer. Those that eat very little fruits and/or vegetables are more likely to become diagnosed with this condition.
  • Genetic conditions such as Fanconi anemia and dyskeratosis congenita may increase the risk for developing oral cancer.
  • Tobacco use – such as smoking and chewing tobacco – increases the risk of developing oral cancer.
  • Alcohol use increases the risk for cancer development.
  • Immune system suppression is linked to increase oral cancer risk.
  • Patients that have been diagnosed with the human papillomavirus (HPV) are at high risk for oral cancer.
  • Being over the age of 40 increases a patient’s risk for developing oral cancer.
  • A family history of cancer increases the risk for developing oral cancer.
  • Patients that suffer from lichen planus and/or Graft-versus-host disease may develop oral cancer.

Early Detection is CRITICAL!

Early detection of oral cancer is highly critical. The top reason that this type of cancer has such a high mortality rate is due to the fact that the cancer often goes undetected until it is in the later stages of development. If discovered early enough, up to 90% of all cancers may be eliminated with treatment. Prevention and detection are crucial to your health.

Schedule Your Screening Today

Do not delay. Schedule your oral cancer screening today.

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