Our dentists at Alpha Dental Excellence always have your oral health in mind, which is why we offer oral cancer screenings with our regular dental checkups. Early detection can greatly reduce the impact of oral cancer, especially for high-risk patients, tobacco users, and patients of 18 years and up. We encourage you to meet with Dr. Patel if more than six months have passed since your last oral cancer screening in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.
What is Oral Cancer Screening?
Due to recent advances in medicine and computer science, we can now painlessly diagnose a disease that kills as mane Americans as melanoma, twice as many as cervical cancer, and is rising among women, young people and non-smokers. Well over 25% of those found to have oral cancer do not use tobacco or abuse alcohol. Recent studies have also shown a link between HPV and an increase in oral cancer.
What to Expect from Oral Cancer Screening?
The OralCDx® BrushTest™ and VIZILITE® Plus area painless methods of testing “everyday” tiny oral spots.
Early detection is the key to reducing the devastating impact of oral cancer on victims and their families. Annual oral cancer screening of patients at increased risk for oral cancer, patients age 18 and older, and tobacco users of any age, is the only way to achieve the early detection of oral cancer necessary to reduce the death rate of oral cancer – a death rate that has remained unchanged for more than 40 years!
Oral cancer is far too often detected in late stage development — the primary reason for the high death rate. Oral cancer can have potentially disfiguring effects on patients, seriously compromising their quality of life. Early detection of abnormalities can make a large difference in life expectancy; oral cancer is 90% curable when found early. Unfortunately, 70% of oral cancers are diagnosed in the late stages, and 43% of those diagnosed will die within five years.
What are the Risk Factors of Oral Cancer?