Oral Cancer Screening via Dental Exam

Oral Cancer Screening via Dental Exam

Nov 14, 2014

Oral cancer has officially become an epidemic, and the best way to prevent it is early detection. A short, 2 minute dental exam with OralID at our Raleigh preventive dentistry office could be all you need to save your life.

Over the last 6 years, oral cancer cases have been increasing. There are more than 43,000 new cases of oral cancer, and most cases are treatable if found in the early stages. 63% of oral cancer cases aren’t found until the later stages, which have resulted in 8,000 deaths due to a late diagnosis. Men are twice as likely as women to develop oral cancer in their lifetime, but anyone over the age of 17 is recommended to get an annual oral cancer screening.

Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is the leading cause of oral cancer. The cancer is spread through saliva, sexual, and skin-to-skin contact and causes a 15x increase in oral cancer diagnosis. Your mouth isn’t safe from other causes though. Alcohol, smoking and tobacco use, age, and genetics are also common oral cancer causes.

OralID is a new dental technology that examines your mouth for the earliest stages of oral cancer, right here in our Raleigh dental office, in 2 minutes. By detecting oral abnormalities, unable to be seen by the naked eye, our family dentist can catch and treat any signs of oral cancer before it’s too late.

Call our Raleigh dentists at 919-386-6900 or schedule an appointment today for more information on oral cancer and for an oral cancer screening.

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